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"Papa een carrière en mama een baantje? " 

(Engl.: "Daddy a career, mommy a job?")

ESB, November 16, 2017


The Netherlands is the only country where the one-and-a-half earner model has become extremely widespread, among 58 percent of the Dutch heterosexual couples the man works full-time while the woman works part-time. However, it is unknown whether this genderstereotypical division of labour results from gender differences in preferences (men want to work full-time, while women want to work part-time), or from 'the economic reality' (women earn less than men, so it makes sense that they are the ones to reduce their hours).


Sustainable Workforce's Katia Begall and Leonie van Breeschoten are working on answering this question through the use of a vignette-experiment. Their preliminary findings show that both gender differences in preferences and the economic reality underlie people's decision considering their workhours. 


Leonie van Breeschoten presented this research at the PhD-day of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, and Econimische Statistische Berichten (ESB), a Dutch economic magazine, asked her to write a preview. Read the entire article (in Dutch) as pdf or on ESB's website.





"RE: narcistische mannen worden zo niet geboren" 

(Engl.: "RE: Narcissistic men are not born")

Vileine, September 22, 2017


Sustainable Workforce's PhD-Candidate Leonie van Breeschoten wrote an article for about the role of gender in social science research. In it she explains how current research does not take a biological essentialist view towards gender -as was maintained by Vileine in an earlier article- but instead treats gender as a social construct. Simply put, social scientists do not assume that people behave a certain way because they were born male or female, but rather that they have been taught to behave as a boy or a girl. 


Read the entire article (in Dutch) here





"Combinatie werk-zorg vraagt nieuwe regels"

(Engl.: "New challenges with regard to the combination of work and care in the future")

SERmagazine, no 10, October 2014


Work and family life are increasingly intertwined. The use of flexible working hours makes existing boundaries between work and family life become less clear. In addition, recent ICT developments such as telecommuting, virtual offices, as well as the increased use of mobile devices bestow upon us the feeling that work is never finished. Meanwhile, we also still have to prepare dinner, spend quality time with our kids, and work out at the gym. Dual-earner families in particular have become busier nowadays, argues Sustainable Workforce's Principal Investigator Tanja van der Lippe, Professor of Household and Employment Relations at  the Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

The Dutch are less busy than they think!

Nevertheless, in reality the balance between work and family is not as distorted as we often think it is. Van der Lippe: 'There is a large difference between actually being busy and the feeling of being busy. In comparison to citizens of other European countries, the Dutch spend on average the least time on work and caretaking tasks. We have the time to go on holidays most often!'














SERmagazine is a journal issued by the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER). SER is an advisory and consultative body of employers' representatives, union representatives and independent experts. The SER aims to help create social consensus on national and international socio-economic issues.


You can find the pdf version of the original article here (available only in Dutch).