Monday, August 28, 2006

More On the Wage Gap Myth - Fathers Don't Cut Back On Work

New fathers do not cut back on work - study
Fathers may take time off immediately after the birth of a child, but they soon settle back into their old routines and remain at work as long as childless male colleagues, according to a study published today. The research, carried out by the University of Bristol, calls into question the idea that modern fathers want to work fewer hours so they can spend more caring and sharing time with their children.
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Contrary to popular belief, fathers do not work shorter hours than non-fathers, and nor do they want to.
If fathers are working he same hours - guess who is taking care of British children? This is further evidence that the wage gap - seen between mothers and men, but much less between childless women and men - is a result of choices.

It is also interesting to note that the fathers are not chomping at the bit to spend time with haggard wife and new baby. The article does note that they desire more flexibility to attend important events for their children.

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