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Katarina Boye

Katarina Boye

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Arbetar vid Institutet för social forskning
Telefon 08-674 79 97
E-post katarina.boye@sofi.su.se
Besöksadress Universitetsvägen 10 F
Rum F 956
Postadress Institutet för social forskning 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

I am associate professor of sociology at the Swedish Institute for Social research. I study family, work and gender with a special focus on consequences of the division of work between men and women. I received my PhD in sociology at Stockholm University in 2008. 

I am currently involved in research on the division of work and care, such as parental leave and leave to care for sick children ("VAB"), in different-sex and same-sex couples and how it relates to opportunities in the labour market. Together with European colleagues and colleagues at Örebro University, I study the construction of gender at the transition to parenthood and analyse the mechanisms that lead to first-time parents' allocation of paid work, housework and care. In the latter project, we combine the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.

Publikationer

I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas
  • 2018. Marie Evertsson, Katarina Boye. European Sociological Review

    Research on the division of paid and unpaid work at the transition to parenthood has rarely been ableto separate the social construction of gender and motherhood/fatherhood identities from labour market and financial factors. By bringing in female same-sex couples (SSC) and comparing how the transition to parenthood influences the division of parental leave in SSC and different-sex couples (DSC),we can isolate parents’ gender as a predictor of the division of care from physiological and identity-forming aspects linked to being a birth-mother (or her partner). Analysing Swedish register data forcouples who had their first child in 2003–2011, results show that (i) the (birth) mother’s leave uptake ishigher than the partner’s uptake for both SSC and DSC, providing support for identity formation andinternalized norms linked to the child’s need of its (birth) mother; (ii) birth-mothers in SSC on averagetake 7 weeks less parental leave than mothers in DSC, indicating that the partner’s gender plays arole; and (iii) the (birth) mother’s parental leave share is negatively related to her income but unrelatedto her partner’s income, suggesting that her labour market prospects are more important in the division of leave than any financial, family-utility maximization.

  • 2018. Marie Evertsson, Katarina Boye, Jeylan Erman. Demographic Research 39, 33-60

    BACKGROUND

    Swedish fathers’ parental leave uptake has increased over time, but progress has been moderate. In relation to this, we ask what factors hinder or facilitate the taking of leave by fathers and how – if at all – the leave influences the father’s relationship with his child.

    OBJECTIVE

    To study (i) the reasons for parents’ division of parental leave as well as the consequences this division has for their actual time at home with the child and (ii) the link between the father’s leave and his relationship with the child, as well as the parents’ division of childcare after parental leave.

    METHODS

    A multi-methods approach is used, where OLS regression models of survey data from the Young Adult Panel Study are analysed alongside qualitative in-depth interviews with 13 couples who have had a first child.

    RESULTS

    Quantitative results show that parents’ leave lengths vary with the reasons given for the division of leave and that fathers’ parental leave is related to long-term division of childcare. Qualitative results suggest that equal parenting is important to the interviewed parents; however, motherhood ideals may stand in the way of achieving it. Several mechanisms by which fathers’ parental leave may influence later division of childcare are suggested, including the development of a closer relationship between father and child.

    CONCLUSIONS

    Policies aimed towards increasing fathers’ parental leave uptake have the potential to strengthen the father–child bond, contribute to a more equal division of childcare, and facilitate both parents’ understanding of each other and what being a stay-at-home parent involves.

    CONTRIBUTION

    This article is the first to show how parents alleged reasons for the parental leave links to the actual length of the mother's and father's leave. Results indicate that increasing paternal leave length is linked to improved couple relationship quality and a closer relationship with the child.

  • 2018. Katarina Boye, Anne Grönlund. Work, Employment and Society 32 (2), 368-386

    Despite higher educational investments, women fall behind men on most indicators of labour market success. This study investigates whether workplace skill investments set men and women off on different tracks in which the human capital acquired through higher education is either devalued or further developed. A survey sample of Swedish men and women who recently graduated from five educational programmes, leading to occupations with different gender composition, is analysed (N approximate to 2300). Results show that, a few years after graduation, men are more likely than women to acquire complex jobs and that this difference contributes to early career gender gaps in wages and employee bargaining power. The findings do not support the notion that child-related work interruptions provide a main mechanism for sorting women into less complex jobs.

  • 2017. Katarina Boye, Karin Halldén, Charlotta Magnusson. British Journal of Sociology 68 (4), 595-619

    The wage differential between women and men persists in advanced economies despite the inflow of women into qualified occupations in recent years. Using five waves of the Swedish Level-of-Living Survey (LNU), this paper explores the gender wage gap in Sweden during the 1974–2010 period overall and by skill level. The empirical analyses showed that the general gender wage gap has been nearly unchanged for the past 30 years. However, the gender difference in wage in less qualified occupations fell considerably, whereas the gender pay gap remained stable for men and women in qualified occupations. The larger significance of family responsibilities for wages in qualified occupations is one likely explanation for this result.

  • 2016. Jenny Alsarve, Katarina Boye, Christine Roman. Couples' transitions to parenthood
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Senast uppdaterad: 17 augusti 2018

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