Is there public support for a longer and more gender equal leave scheme in Switzerland?
|Is there public support for a longer and more gender equal leave scheme in Switzerland?
|Year of Publication
|LIVES Working Paper
|attitudes, gender equality, leave policies, policy preferences, Switzerland, welfare state
Switzerland has a comparatively short and gendered leave scheme: paid maternity leave lasts 3,5 months and there are no statutory paternity or parental leaves. In the past decade this issue has received increased public and political attention and a popular initiative in favor of a 4-week paid paternity leave was successfully submitted and will be put to national vote. The present study addresses this highly topical issue by analyzing individuals’ attitudes toward three dimensions of leave policies (ideal leave length; gender division of leave; and leave financing system) and whether there is public support for a longer and more gender equal leave scheme in Switzerland. The study is based on 2013 MOSAiCH survey data, which is representative of the Swiss population aged 18 and over (N=1181).