Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/97207
Authors: 
Procher, Vivien
Ritter, Nolan
Vance, Colin
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Schumpeter Discussion Papers 2014-004
Abstract: 
Drawing on German household data from 1992 to 2011, this paper analyzes how couples allocate housework against the backdrop of three questions: (1) Does an individual's contribution to household income - both in absolute and relative terms - influence his or her contribution to housework? (2) If so, does the magnitude of this influence differ by gender? and (3) How important are traditional gender roles on housework allocation? We address these issues by applying a panel quantile regression model and find that as both the share and absolute level of income increase, the amount of housework undertaken decreases, with the latter effect being roughly equal across genders. Nevertheless, traditional gender roles also appear to dictate housework allocation, which is evidenced by women increasing their housework if they earn more than their partner.
Subjects: 
housework
income
gender
longitudinal study
quantile panel regression
JEL: 
D13
J16
J22
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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