Wednesday , July 17 2019
Home / CEPR Blog / The Lazy Father Saga

The Lazy Father Saga

Summary:
This post originally appeared on University of Massachusetts Amherst's Care Talk blog. The lazy father is enshrined in popular culture. Google up the term and there he is: Homer Simpson snoring on the couch. Unfair caricature, especially on Fathers’ Day! So, it’s easy to see why a short essay by Robert VerBruggen in defense of ...

Topics:
CEPR Blog considers the following as important:

This could be interesting, too:

CEPR Blog writes Labor Market Policy Research Reports, June 2019

CEPR Blog writes Private Equity in Higher Education: A Full Ride at Student and Taxpayer Expense?

CEPR Blog writes June Update on the State of Independent Federal Agencies

CEPR Blog writes Hours of Work No Longer Declining and the Climate May Pay the Price

This post originally appeared on University of Massachusetts Amherst's Care Talk blog.

The lazy father is enshrined in popular culture. Google up the term and there he is: Homer Simpson snoring on the couch. Unfair caricature, especially on Fathers’ Day!

So, it’s easy to see why a short essay by Robert VerBruggen in defense of fathers caroomed through social media this week, boosted by a link from Ross Douthat’s regular New York Times opinion column.

But is laziness really the issue? Serious complaints about the gender division of labor seldom boil down to finger-wagging accusations of moral turpitude. They point instead to economic inequalities between moms and dads that result from social institutions — public policies, employer practices, and cultural norms.

Mr. VerBruggen is skeptical of such inequalities, suggesting that those who emphasize them are…well, lazy. They have ignored the facts revealed by the American Time Use Survey.

Read More ...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *