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policies influence how men and women structure their time in the labour market
and in the home. Analyses based on expenditure data, regime types and single
policies, however, cannot represent how policies support individuals’ labour
market attachment and care for children. SPIN data offer a tool for measuring
the extent to which family policies support the earner-carer and traditional
family models. This large-scale database offers harmonized data on social
policies over time for a wide range of countries. It has allowed scholars to
empirically push the frontiers of research on the intersection of gender
equality, family and employment dynamics, and social policy. We use the cases
of Lithuania and Sweden to describe how measures of earner-carer and traditional-family
support were constructed and compare the policy developments over time. We
highlight areas of convergence and divergence in family policy in these two
countries with very different histories.