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Stay-at-home father households are steadily growing in proportion over the last four decades We find support to two mechanisms: Economics reasoning: wives with higher earning potential than their husbands are more likely to be part of such households Unemployment rate Sociological reasoning: Change in gender ideology into more egalitarian perceptions

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However, stay-at-home father households are not all created equal Caregiving stay-at-home father households are less influenced by economic downturns Indication of change in gender role perceptions and exchange of roles? Unable-to-work are influenced by economic downturns Indication of exchange and the role of macroeconomic forces


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Dr Karen Kramer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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This page is a summary of: At-Home Father Families in the United States: Gender Ideology, Human Capital, and Unemployment, Journal of Marriage and Family, July 2016, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12327.
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