Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/190472
Authors: 
Hajdu, Gábor
Hajdu, Tamás
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IEHAS Discussion Papers MT-DP - 2017/11
Abstract: 
This paper examines the relationship between intra-couple income distribution and subjective well-being, using nationally representative data from Hungary. We show that the association between the woman's relative income (the woman's share of the couple's total earnings) and life satisfaction is negative not only for men, but for women as well. Because we control for financial disadvantages on the individual and household level, as well as for socio-economic and job characteristics of the respondent and their partner, the result can be interpreted as the impact of traditional gender roles and the persistence of the traditional male breadwinner mentality. In addition, we show that gender norms moderate this negative association. Among those with low levels of traditional norms, the woman's relative income has no effect on life satisfaction, whereas among those who prefer traditional gender roles, the negative association is stronger. Our results suggest that conflicts between the gender norms and the social and economic reality reduce life satisfaction.
Subjects: 
intra-couple income distribution
life satisfaction
gender norms
relative income
JEL: 
I31
D10
J16
ISBN: 
978-615-5594-93-9
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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