Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161363
Authors: 
Borra, Cristina
Browning, Martin J.
Sevilla, Almudena
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10740
Abstract: 
This paper provides insights into the welfare gains of forming a couple by estimating how much of the difference in housework time between single and married individuals is causal and how much is due to selection. Using longitudinal data from Australia, UK and US, we find that selection into marriage by individuals with a higher taste for home-produced goods can explain about half of the observed differences in housework documented in the cross-sectional data. There remains a genuine two-hour increase in housework time for each partner upon marriage, with women specializing in routine, and men specializing in non-routine housework tasks.
Subjects: 
marriage
time use
home production
JEL: 
D13
J12
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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