Summary in Danish: Der er en stigende erkendelse af, at familien spiller en stor rolle for, hvor meget vi ønsker at arbejde, hvor meget vi faktisk arbejder, mængden og karakteren af omsorgen overfor vores børn, hvordan børnene klarer sig, og hvornår man trækker sig tilbage fra arbejdsmarkedet. På baggrund af oplysninger i Rockwool Fondens Forskningsenheds tids- og forbrugsundersøgelse og andre tidsundersøgelser belyses disse og lignende spørgsmål med familien som omdrejningspunkt. Herved giver bogen et nuanceret bidrag til forståelsen af familiens betydning for samfundsøkonomi og velfærd.
Summary in English: There is growing recognition that the family plays a major role in determining how much people want to work, how much they actually work, how much child care – and of what type – they provide for their families, how well their children cope, and the age at which they choose to retire from the labour market. Taking the family as its key focus, this book elucidates issues such as these on the basis of data from the Rockwool Foundation Research Unit’s survey of time use and consumption and from other time use studies. In this way, the book is able to make a nuanced contribution to our understanding of the significance of the family for the economy and wellbeing of society.
Jens Bonke has held a post as senior researcher at the Rockwool Foundation Research Unit since 2007, specialising in the field of labor supply, the family and children. He is also currently an adjunct professor at Aalborg University. In a previous post as a programme leader at the Danish National Institute of Social Research, Jens Bonke was responsible for research in the areas of families and the distribution of welfare; this work involved, among other things, carrying out surveys of time use among families and children. He has been a visiting professor at a number of overseas universities, and he has published books and international journal articles within the broad field of family economics.