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Gender effect on housework allocation: Evidence from Spanish two-earner couples

  • Begoña Álvarez
  • Daniel Miles

In this paper we study the reasons behind the asymmetric distribution of housework within Spanish two-earner couples. Spouses' housework times are estimated jointly in a bivariate framework using data from the 1991 Work Situation and Time Use Survey. In order to understand the impact of gender-specific factors on the observed allocation of housework, we perform estimations that are in line with the Oaxaca decomposition. Our results suggest that the unequal division of domestic work between wives and husbands in our sample is mainly explained by gender-specific effects rather than by differences in their observable characteristics. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

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Volume (Year): 16 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 (05)
Pages: 227-242

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