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Division of Household Labor and Marital Satisfaction in China, Japan, and Korea


  • Oshio, Takashi
  • Nozaki, Kayo
  • Kobayashi, Miki


In this study, we compare the association of marital satisfaction with the division of labor between husband and wife in Asia, based on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean General Social Surveys in 2006 (N = 2,346, 997, and 990, respectively). Results show that in all three countries, wives are less satisfied than husbands with marriage, mainly because wives do disproportionately more housework than husbands. Aside from this common gender difference, there are noticeable differences among the three countries. Chinese couples are relatively in favor of an egalitarian division of labor in terms of both market work and housework. Japanese couples are supportive of traditional specialization, with the wives flexibly shifting their efforts between market work and housework. Korean couples are under pressure from conflicts between the wife‘s labor force participation and the traditional division of labor in the household.

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  • Oshio, Takashi & Nozaki, Kayo & Kobayashi, Miki, 2011. "Division of Household Labor and Marital Satisfaction in China, Japan, and Korea," PIE/CIS Discussion Paper 502, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  • Handle: RePEc:hit:piecis:502

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    1. Eiji Yamamura & Antonio R. Andrés, 2015. "Influence of age of child on differences in life satisfaction of males and females," Journal of Economics and Econometrics, Economics and Econometrics Society, vol. 58(1), pages 1-25.
    2. Eiji Yamamura & Antonio R. Andrés, 2011. "Influence of age of child on differences in marital satisfaction of males and females in East Asian countries," EERI Research Paper Series EERI_RP_2011_19, Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels.
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