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Undoing Gender with Institutions: Lessons from the German Division and Reunification

Lippmann, Quentin and Georgieff, Alexandre and Senik, Claudia (2020) 'Undoing Gender with Institutions: Lessons from the German Division and Reunification.' The Economic Journal, 130 (629). pp. 1445-1470. ISSN 0013-0133

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Using the 41-year division of Germany as a natural experiment, we show that the German Democratic Republic’s gender-equal institutions created a culture that has undone the male breadwinner norm and its consequences. Since reunification, East Germany still differs from West Germany not only because of its higher female contribution to household income, but also because East German women can earn more than their husbands without having to increase their number of housework hours, put their marriage at risk or withdraw from the labour market. By contrast, the norm of higher male income, and its consequences, are still prevalent in West Germany.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2020 12:21
Last Modified: 08 May 2022 01:00

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