Dieckhoff, Martina Gash, Vanessa Mertens, Antje Romeu Gordo, Laura
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[Journal:] Research in Social Stratification and Mobility [ISSN:] 0276-5624 [Publisher:] Elsevier [Place:] Amsterdam [Volume:] 46, Part B [Year:] 2016 [Pages:] 129-140
This study examines how within-couple inequalities, that is power differences between men and women in a partnership, act as predictors of transitions from full-time to part-time employment applying Heckman corrected probit models in three different institutional and cultural contexts; Eastern Germany, Western Germany and the United Kingdom. The analyses show that when women are in a weaker position within their relationships they are more likely to drop-out of full-time work, but that this propensity varies by context. The authors also find an increased tendency over time for women to leave full-time for part-time employment in both Eastern and Western Germany, but observe no such trend in the UK. This is suggestive of ongoing incompatibilities in the institutional support for equality in dual-earning in Germany. The study uses longitudinal data covering the period 1992 until 2012 from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) for Germany and from the British Household Panel (BHPS) and the ‘Understanding Society’ data for the UK.
Part-time employment Family Wages Housework Cross-national comparison