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Division of Household and Paid Labour between Partners: Effects of Relative Wage Rates and Social Norms

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  • van der Lippe, Tanja
  • Siegers, Jacques J

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Division of labor is a central problem in both sociology and economics. In this paper, the division of household and paid labor between partners is analyzed by using an integrated sociological and economic approach. Elements of role theory, exchange theory, and new home economics are combined within a rational choice framework. On the basis of a sample of Dutch couples, the authors find that both the wife's share in paid labor and her share in household labor are affected by the partner's relative wage rates as well as by the norms of the network of the household. Copyright 1994 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG

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  • van der Lippe, Tanja & Siegers, Jacques J, 1994. "Division of Household and Paid Labour between Partners: Effects of Relative Wage Rates and Social Norms," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47(1), pages 109-136.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:47:y:1994:i:1:p:109-36
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    1. Collewet M.M.F. & Grip A. de & Koning J. de, 2015. "Conspicuous work : peer working time, labour supply, and happiness for male workers," Research Memorandum 012, Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics (GSBE).
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    5. Nabanita Datta Gupta & Leslie S Stratton, 2008. "Institutions, Social Norms, and Bargaining Power: An Analysis of Individual Leisure Time in Couple Households," Working Papers 0806, VCU School of Business, Department of Economics.
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    7. Angelov, Nikolay & Johansson, Per & Lindahl, Erica, 2013. "Is the persistent gender gap in income and wages due to unequal family responsibilities?," Working Paper Series 2013:3, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
    8. Begoña Álvarez & Daniel Miles, 2003. "Gender effect on housework allocation: Evidence from Spanish two-earner couples," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 16(2), pages 227-242, May.
    9. Y.E. Akgündüz & J. Plantenga, 2015. "Childcare Prices and Maternal Employment: a Meta-Analysis," Working Papers 15-14, Utrecht School of Economics.

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