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Making dough or baking dough? Spousal housework responsibilities in Germany, 1992-2011

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  • Vivien Procher

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    (Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Jackstädt Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research, University of Wuppertal)

  • Nolan Ritter

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    (Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung)

  • Colin Vance

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    (Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Jacobs University Bremen)

Abstract

Drawing on German household data from 1992 to 2011, this paper analyzes how couples allocate housework against the backdrop of three questions: (1) Does an individual’s contribution to household income - both in absolute and relative terms - influence his or her contribution to housework? (2) If so, does the magnitude of this influence differ by gender? and (3) How important are traditional gender roles on housework allocation? We address these issues by applying a panel quantile regression model and find that as both the share and absolute level of income increase, the amount of housework undertaken decreases, with the latter effect being roughly equal across genders. Nevertheless, traditional gender roles also appear to dictate housework allocation, which is evidenced by women increasing their housework if they earn more than their partner.

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Paper provided by Universitätsbibliothek Wuppertal, University Library in its series Schumpeter Discussion Papers with number SDP14004.

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Date of creation: Feb 2014
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Keywords: housework; income; gender; longitudinal study; quantile panel regression;

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