Making Dough or Baking Dough? Spousal Housework Responsibilities in Germany, 1992-2011

31 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2014

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Vivien Procher

University of Wuppertal

Nolan Ritter

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

Colin Vance

Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI)

Date Written: February 23, 2014

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 panel quantile regression models 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. At the same time, traditional gender roles also appear to dictate housework allocation, which is evidenced by women increasing their housework if they earn more than their partner.

Keywords: Housework; income; gender; longitudinal study; quantile panel regression

JEL Classification: D13, J16, J22

Suggested Citation

Procher, Vivien and Ritter, Nolan and Vance, Colin, Making Dough or Baking Dough? Spousal Housework Responsibilities in Germany, 1992-2011 (February 23, 2014). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 472. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2470548 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2470548

Vivien Procher (Contact Author)

University of Wuppertal ( email )

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Nolan Ritter

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen) ( email )

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Germany

Colin Vance

Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) ( email )

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