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Untraditional couples in a neo-traditional setting. Which women perform as much paid work as their partner?




An equal division of paid and unpaid work is a central political ambition in Norway. Yet, couples' division of paid work has been less studied than their division of unpaid work. This paper shows that women seldom work more than their partner, but equal sharing is now increasing. Still, about half of all women spend less time than their partner on paid labour. When the woman works most, the partner often has health problems, is unemployed or retired. Women with an untraditional arrangement are often well-educated, have no young children, are self-employed, leaders, or have a partner in the public sector. Nurses often work less than their partners, as do women who have young children, health restrictions or a partner who works in the private sector, is self-employed or a leader.

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  • Ragni Hege Kitterød & Marit Rønsen, 2010. "Untraditional couples in a neo-traditional setting. Which women perform as much paid work as their partner?," Discussion Papers 607, Statistics Norway, Research Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:ssb:dispap:607

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    1. Jan F. Bjørnstad & Elinor Ytterstad, 2008. "Two-stage sampling from a prediction point of view when the cluster sizes are unknown," Biometrika, Biometrika Trust, vol. 95(1), pages 187-204.
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    Dual-earner couples; female labour supply; gender equality.;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets

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