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Women's Earning Power and the "Double Burden" of Market and Household Work

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  • Natalie Chen
  • Paola Conconi
  • Carlo Perroni

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Bargaining theory suggests that married women who experience a relative improvement in their labour market position should experience a comparative gain within their marriage. However, if renegotiation possibilities are limited by institutional mechanisms that achieve long-term commitment, the opposite may be true, particularly if women are specialized in household activities and the labour market allows comparatively more flexibility in their labour supply responses. Evidence from the German Socio-Economic Panel indeed shows that, as long as renegotiation opportunities are limited, comparatively better wages for women exacerbate their 'double burden' of market and household work.

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  • Natalie Chen & Paola Conconi & Carlo Perroni, 2007. "Women's Earning Power and the "Double Burden" of Market and Household Work," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 20, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
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    1. Chen, Natalie & Conconi, Paola & Perroni, Carlo, 2006. "Does Migration Empower Married Women?," CEPR Discussion Papers 5559, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    2. Romuald Méango, 2014. "Financing Student Migration: Evidence for a Commitment Problem," ifo Working Paper Series 187, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.

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    bargaining; marriage and renegotiation;

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    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs

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