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

  • 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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    Volume (Year): 47 (1994)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 109-36

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:47:y:1994:i:1:p:109-36
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