Peer-reviewed journal articles


  • Early childhood education activities and care arrangements of disadvantaged children in Germany (with C.K. Spieß), Child Indicators Research, 6, 4 (November 2013), 709-735
  • Maternal labor market return and domestic work after childbirth in Britain and Germany, Community, Work & Family, 16, 3 (July 2013)
  • Are couples with young children more likely to split up when the mother is the main or an equal earner? (with S. Kanji), Sociology, 48 (February 2014), 38-58
  • The parenthood effect on gender inequality: Explaining the change in paid and domestic work when British couples become parents, European Sociological Review, 29 (February 2013): 74-85
  • Gender Equality and Outsourcing of Domestic Work, Childbearing, and Relationship Stability among British Couples, Journal of Family Issues, 34, 1 (January 2013): 25-52
  • Paternal childcare and relationship quality: A longitudinal analysis of reciprocal associations, Journal of Marriage and Family, 74 (April 2012): 1 – 16


Book chapters

  • A SOEP-Related Study: Early Childhood Education and Care Quality in the Socio-Economic Panel (K2ID-SOEP) (with G.C. Camehl and C. K. Spieß), in: Gerstorf, Sandra and Jürgen Schupp (ed.): SOEP Wave Report 2014, Berlin, pp.31-33
  • Day-care trends for children under three years in Germany, in Leon, M. (2014) The Transformation of Care in European Societies, London: Palgrave, 208-232
  • Family Policies from Gender Equality Perspectives. A European Comparison, in Jin, Y. and Schlaeger, C. (Eds.) (2014) Family Changes in China and Study on Family Policies, Nanjing Normal University
  • Female-male earnings ratio among skilled workers, in: Michalos, A. C. (Ed.) (2014) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research, Dordrecht: Springer, 2238-2240
  • Stratification, work and early parenthood, in: Blackburn, B., Connelly, R., Gayle, V. und Lambert, P. (eds.) (2012) Social Stratification: Trends and Processes, Ashgate
  • Karriere- und Familienplanung tschechischer und österreichischer Frauen im Vergleich (Career- and family planning of Czech and Austrian women in comparative perspective), in: Reif, E. und Schwarz, I. (eds) (2005) Zwischen Konflikt und Annäherung, Südwind Niederösterreich Verlag


Policy reports

  • ‘Daddy leave’: a route to greater gender equality in housework and childcare?, Policy Network Newsletter, April 2015,
  • Trends in der Kinderbetreuung seit dem Mauerfall –sozioökonomische Unterschiede verstärken sich in Ost und West (with J.F. Stahl), DIW Wochenbericht, Nr.40.2014
  • Kita-Qualität für Erwerbsverhalten von Müttern mit Kleinkindern relevant – Zusammenhang eindeutiger in Ostdeutschland (with C.K. Spiess), DIW Wochenbericht, Nr.21.2014
  • Early childhood education and care quality: Investigating socio-economic selection, child development and information asymmetries (with C. K. Spiess and Y.Anders), in: Jacobs Foundation (2014), Annual Report 2013
  • Ausbau der Kinderbetreuung – Entlastung der Eltern erhöht Lebenszufriedenheit (with C. Schmitt), DIW Wochenbericht, Nr.50.2013
  • Frühe Förderung und Betreuung von Kindern: Bedeutende Unterschiede bei der Inanspruchnahme besonders in den ersten Lebensjahren (with C.K.Spieß), DIW Wochenbericht, Nr.43.2012, 17-28
  • Gender equality in paid and unpaid work: Priorities for UK policy intervention (with A.C. Plagnol and J.L. Scott), Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 29 (2010), 7: 711 – 715


Book reviews


  • Review of ‘Persistence, privilege, and parenting: The comparative study of intergenerational mobility’ by T. M. Smeeding, R. Erikson, and M. Jäntti (eds.), (Russel Sage, 2011), and ‘From parents to children: The intergenerational transmission of advantage’ by J. Ermisch, M. Jäntti, and T. Smeeding (eds) (Russel Sage, 2012), Journal of European Social Policy, 24 (2014), 4, 400-402
  • Review of ‘Social Policies, Labour Markets and Motherhood’ by Del Boca, D. and Wetzels, C. (eds) (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Economica, 79 (2012), 314-316
  • Review of ‘Contemporary Fathering: Theory, Policy and Practice’ by Featherstone, B. (Bristol: Policy Press, 2009), Journal of Social Policy, 39 (2010): 494-496


Working papers

  • Change in the gender division of domestic work after mummy or daddy took leave: An examination of alternative explanations (with G. Zoch), SOEP Papers 803 (2015)
  • Early Birds in Day Care: The Social Gradient in Starting Day Care and Children's Non-cognitive Skills (with F. Peter und C. K. Spieß), DIW Discussion Paper 1438 (2014)
  • Local Day-Care Quality and Maternal Employment: Evidence from East and West Germany (with C. K. Spiess), SOEP Papers 649 (2014)
  • Day-care expansion and parental subjective wellbeing: evidence from Germany (with C. Schmitt), SOEP Papers No.602 (2013)
  • Parental Leave Policies and Child Care Time in Couples after Childbirth, SOEP Papers 434 (2012)
  • Maternal Labor Market Return, Parental Leave Policies, and Gender Inequality in Housework, SOEP papers 422 (2011)
  • The parenthood effect on gender inequality: Explaining the change in paid and domestic work when British couples become parents, GeNet Working Paper No. 42 (2010)
  • Gender equality and outsourcing of domestic work, childbearing, and relationship stability among British couples, GENet Working Paper No. 41 (2010)