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Does housework lower wages? Evidence for Britain

Bryan, Mark L and Sevilla-Sanz, Almudena (2011) 'Does housework lower wages? Evidence for Britain.' Oxford Economic Papers, 63 (1). pp. 187-210. ISSN 0030-7653

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Abstract

This paper uses the British Household Panel Survey to present the first estimates of the housework-wage relationship in Britain. Controlling for permanent unobserved heterogeneity, we find that housework has a negative impact on the wages of men and women, both married and single, who work full-time. Among women working part-time, only single women suffer a housework penalty. The housework penalty is uniform across occupations within full-time jobs but some part-time jobs appear to be more compatible with housework than others. We find tentative evidence that the housework penalty is larger when there are children present.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 15:20
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2013 15:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7078

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