Family policy support for the earner-carer and traditional family models: An application of SPIN data to Lithuania and Sweden, 1995-2015

Family 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.