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From Vicious Cycle to Virtuous Cycle. Creating Gender Equality at Work and at Home

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  • Deutsch, Francine M.

    (Mount Holyoke College)

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This article describes the interdependent work/family system created by husbands and wives as they make decisions about careers and about the division of family work. I argue that although gendered choices in couples typically disadvantage women in a vicious cycle that creates inequality between husbands and wives both at home and at work, more egalitarian choices can initiate a virtuous cycle that promotes gender equality both in the family and in spouses' careers.

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  • Deutsch, Francine M., 2009. "From Vicious Cycle to Virtuous Cycle. Creating Gender Equality at Work and at Home," European Journal of Economic and Social Systems, Lavoisier, vol. 22(2), pages 133-140.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:ejessy:0057
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    Keywords

    Work/Family Relationship; Equal Marriage; Gender Equality; Family Work;

    JEL classification:

    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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