Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Macroblog poster and senior policy advisor John Robertson looks at data from the U.S. Labor Department that shows that the share of married men with children under 18 who are not employed (but their spouse is) rose during the recession and has since given back much of that increase.
Robertson was not content with the conclusion that the stay-at-home-dad fad was finished. He looked, in turn, at the annual average share of married men ages 25–54 who have children and who say the main reason they do not currently want a job is because of family or household responsibilities. There's the aha! Robertson's conclusion:
Although large numbers of unemployed stay-at-home dads have been going back to work, it also appears that there's a small but growing group of men who are choosing to take on household and family responsibilities instead.
So, if stay-at-home-dads go beyond a fad, what's an architect and interior designer to do?