Kate and Will vs Charles and Diana – how the times they are a changing

For today’s cut out and keep Royal Wedding Special, OECD’s court correspondent Spencer Wilson took some time off from polishing his top hat to tell us what the OECD’s evidence-based horoscope says about the young couple.

They’d be likely to have two children. The same as Charles and Di. But having a university education, there’s still a 50% chance Kate won’t have any children. Over 60% of UK households have no children.

Kate, at 29, will be an older first-time mum than most women in the UK – the UK average is 29.4 years, above the OECD average of 27.8.

There’s a two in three chance that Kate will take a job, slightly more than in 1980.

 If she works, she’s likely to earn 20% less than Will: the gender gap in earnings is higher in the UK than in most OECD countries (17.6%).

 They’re among only one in five UK couples where both spouses have a university-level education.

If they have children after getting married, they’ll be among the 6 in 10 couples who do. Four in 10 births in the UK are outside of marriage, a rate which has nearly quadrupled since 1980.

Kate’s very likely to put her child in childcare from the age of 3. Nine in 10 UK mothers do, compared to an OECD average of 7.5 in 10.

Kate’s likely to spend two more hours a day doing housework than Will, below the OECD average of 2 hours and 28 minutes.

Kate’s likely to spend twice as much time looking after children than Will: 1 hour 40 minutes a day compared to 40 minutes, based on OECD averages.

Kate’s likely to spend 83 minutes a day cooking and cleaning up, nearly four times more than Will at 21 minutes, based on OECD averages.

Useful links

Doing better for families Useful data, analysis, and advice for Her Majesty’s, and other, governments

Society at a glance

 Source: the excellent OECD Insights blog

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