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Who Uses Paid Domestic Labor in Australia? Choice and Constraint in Hiring Household Help

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  • Janeen Baxter
  • Belinda Hewitt
  • Mark Western
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    This paper investigates why some Australian households use paid help with domestic labor while others do not. Consistent with earlier studies, the analysis examines hypotheses relating to resources, objective demand, and gender attitudes. Additionally, this paper examines the impact of attitudes toward using paid domestic labor, an area that has not been investigated previously. The findings suggest that resources and objective demand provide the parameters within which employing household help is made possible or necessary, but beliefs about the appropriateness of this strategy also play a role in determining whether Australian households use paid domestic labor. The paper concludes that understanding whether Australian households pay for domestic help is dependent not just on the level of resources and objective demand but also on whether individuals view paid domestic help as an appropriate strategy for undertaking domestic work.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Feminist Economics.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 1-26

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:15:y:2009:i:1:p:1-26
    DOI: 10.1080/13545700802248989
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