, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 139–157 | Cite as

Who escort children: mum or dad? Exploring gender differences in escorting mobility among parisian dual-earner couples

  • Benjamin Motte-Baumvol
  • Olivier Bonin
  • Leslie Belton-Chevallier


The present article looks to pinpoint explanatory factors for the sharing of escorting of children in dual-earner families. It proposes a detailed analysis of inequalities and interactions in dual-earner families when it comes to escorting children by taking into account the characteristics of trips to and from school for children, the characteristics of the parents’ occupations, and the characteristics of the household. Compared with earlier research, the model considers more detailed data about the escorts’ jobs, such as specific working hours, which provide a better understanding of the constraints on parents and insight into the choices made when both parents are in a position to escort their children. The findings depart somewhat from those of earlier work on the question because more specific data are considered. They show a marked gender inequality in escorting because mothers in dual-earner families do more than two-thirds of the escorting. But the factors explaining the sharing of escorting act almost symmetrically for both parents, with the effect of work starting and finishing times being preponderant. These models confirm that the inequality kicks in ahead of this: mothers in dual-earner households are more often than fathers in jobs with short working hours and which are more compatible with escorting.


Escorting Chauffeuring trips Dual-earner families Parenting Household interactions Household travel survey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin Motte-Baumvol
    • 1
  • Olivier Bonin
    • 2
  • Leslie Belton-Chevallier
    • 3
  1. 1.THEMA (UMR 6049)Université Bourgogne Franche-ComtéDijonFrance
  2. 2.Université Paris-Est, LVMT (UMR_T9403), ENPC, IFSTTAR, UPEMLVMarne-la-ValléeFrance
  3. 3.Université Paris-Est, AME, DEST, IFSTTARMarne-la-ValléeFrance

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