Men and women are facing different realities in light of this pandemic. Even without a crisis, caring responsibilities usually fall heavily on women. The situation for single parents can be even more difficult, especially when having to juggle working from home and caring for children alone.
Host Agnes Kunkel and Titan Alon, Assistant Professor at UC San Diego for Economics, putting forward ideas for policymakers to take the gender perspective into account when it comes to making important decisions during and after the pandemic that will affect all our lives. And with fathers spending more time at home, it could be an opportunity for them to engage more in caring for their children.
Titan Alon is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California SanDiego. He was the Louis A. Simpson Postdoc in Macroeconomics at Princeton University. He worked as a research associate in the Macroeconomics Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He received the Bachelor in Economics from Harvard University, he earned a master in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern. His actual research focuses on Macroeconomics, Labor, and Growth. He earned the Robert Eisner Fellowship for distinguished work in both teaching and research. The Northwestern Doctoral Fellowship and the NU Teaching award.
Alon has collaborated with the researchers, Matthias Doepke, Jane Olmstead-Rumsey and Michèle Tertilt, to author and publish two papers on the impact of the current Covid-19 recessions on gender equality as well as on women’s employment. In this interview we discuss with his the specifics and the conclusions of those two papers.