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Marriage and Housework

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  • Cristina Borra

    (Facultad de Ciencias Econ�micas, Universidad de Sevilla)

  • Martin Browning

    (CEBI, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Almudena Sevilla

    (Department of Social Sciences University College London (UCL))

Abstract

This paper provides insights into the gains of forming a couple by estimating how much of the difference in housework between single and married individuals is causal and how much is due to selection. Permanent unobserved heterogeneity explains about half of the observed differences in housework documented in the cross-sectional data. Further ancillary evidence suggests that individuals with a higher preference for marriage also have more traditional views on the division of household labour. There remains a genuine half-an-hour increase per week in housework time for each partner, with women specializing in routine and men in non-routine housework tasks.

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  • Cristina Borra & Martin Browning & Almudena Sevilla, 2020. "Marriage and Housework," CEBI working paper series 20-04, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. The Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI).
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:kucebi:2004
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    Keywords

    Marriage; Time use; Home production;

    JEL classification:

    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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