With the summer solstice just ahead of us, we went to present our research at Riga where the traditional festival is called Jani (literally the plural of John). Riga hosted the 5th conference of the Baltic Economic Association, an event that gathers researchers from Baltic, and the friendly states. This year, Beata Javorcik was responsible for an outstanding keynote on trade between firms and how lowering the trade barriers can improve productivity.
Within the BEA conference, GRAPE had a numerous representation, with four papers presented in regular sessions and a poster. My paper was presented in the latter, you can read the poster below.
This research explores how parents modify their attitudes towards gender norms following childbirths. Using longitudinal data, I observe that parents become more traditional in their views: they put higher emphasis on family and on division of household roles. To understand why this is the case, I explore differences across countries. I find that changes are more prevalent in countries with lower access to formal care, higher division of gender roles and low involvement of husbands in household duties. In short, parents modify their attitudes in those countries where it is more difficult to reconcile work and care responsibilities, and where traditional role models were more available. In the poster there is a link to the working paper version of the paper. Any comments and suggestions are welcome