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Gender specific effects of covid-19

04. Juni 2020

Katharina Mader and colleagues investigated life during the initial COVID-19 restrictions, especially how working in home office affected the distribution of work in households.

How did women and men in Austria fare during the initial restrictions while the COVID-19 crisis? What are the implications of unemployment and home office for the within household distribution of unpaid work? What kind of psychological stress did this cause? And will the future be different?

Results showed that working hours increased due to multiple workloads, but the distribution between couples remained unchanged.

The online survey by a team of female researchers from the WU and the Vienna Chamber of Labor took place between April 20, 2020 and May 14, 2020, during the strict initial restrictions in Austria. The survey collected data on multiple charges under COVID-19, including the distribution of unpaid work in the household, satisfaction with the division of labor in the household, work satisfaction in the home office, and mental health. A total of 2,113 people took part in the survey. The study is funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF).

Read more:

#1 Blog from the Study: (WU, May 30, 2020)

Press release in German (WU, May 29 2020): Frauen in Paarhaushalten mit Kindern leisten die meiste unbezahlte Arbeit


Zur Superwoman zwangsverpflichtet (Wiener Zeitung, May 29 2020)

Beide im Homeoffice: Keine Verbesserung bei Verteilung der unbezahlten Arbeit (Der Standard, May 29 2020)

Den Ärger der Frauen nutzen (Der Standard, June 2 2020)

Home Office vor allem für Mütter belastend (Ö1 Morgenjournal, May 30 2020)

Mütter arbeiteten deutlich mehr (ORF online, May 29 2020)

WU-Studie: Frauen tragen Hauptlast ZIB 1 (May 30 2020)

Radio Wien Stadtjournal (30.05.2020)

Coronavirus: Homeoffice änderte Rollenverteilung bei Paaren nicht (Kurier, May 29 2020)

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