Working parents are more likely to invest time into children

Iga Magda and Roma Keister presented IBS research at the European Population Conference – EPC 2018 (Brussels, June 6-9).

European Population Conference is the largest scientific conference for population research in Europe. The conference is organized every two years by the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS). This year the conference theme was “Population, diversity & inequality”. Approximately 900 participants from all over Europe presented their research on fertility, households, migration, health, labour markets, etc.


Iga Magda, vice president of our Institute, presented research on working time flexibility and parental ‘quality time’ spent with children. Working parents are more likely to invest time in educational activities with children as compared to parents who are unemployed. The link between parental employment status and parenting intensity stems from factors other than the parents' labour market position. The statistically significant are: the parents’ education level, their background, the values and attitudes shared by families, children’s composition in the household. Moreover, having more or less working time flexibility does not influence the amount of 'quality time', which working parents spend with their children. The research was conducted together with Roma Keister (→ presentation, → IBS Working Paper).

Life-Course Developments and Pensions

The poster co-authored by Iga Magda and economists from SGH Warsaw School of Economics gained the EPC 2018 poster award. More about the research:

The Intergenerational Divide In The Deroutinisation Of Jobs In Europe

Roma Keister presented the age dimension of changes in the task composition of jobs in 12 European countries between 1998 and 2015. In the majority of countries, the ageing of the workforce occurred more quickly in occupations that were initially more routine-intensive, as the share of older workers in these occupations was rising. Individuals in these occupations were increasingly likely to be unemployed, especially if they were between the ages of 15 and 34. The research was conducted together with Piotr Lewandowski, Wojciech Hardy and Szymon Górka (→ presentation, → IBS Working Paper).

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