Housework Share between Partners: Experimental Evidence on Gender Identity

39 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2014

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Katrin Auspurg

University of Konstanz

Maria Iacovou

University of Essex

Cheti Nicoletti

University of York - Department of Economics and Related Studies

Abstract

Using an experimental design, we investigate the reasons behind the gendered division of housework within couples. In particular, we assess whether the fact that women do more housework may be explained by differences in preferences deriving from differences in gender identity between men and women. We find little evidence of any systematic gender differences in the preference for housework, suggesting that the reasons for the gendered division of housework lie elsewhere.

Keywords: gender, housework, unpaid work, division of labor, experiment

JEL Classification: J16, J22, C35

Suggested Citation

Auspurg, Katrin and Iacovou, Maria and Nicoletti, Cheti, Housework Share between Partners: Experimental Evidence on Gender Identity. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8569, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2514762

Katrin Auspurg (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz ( email )

Fach D-144
Universit├Ątsstra├če 10
Konstanz, D-78457
Germany

Maria Iacovou

University of Essex ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Institute for Social and Economic Research
Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

Cheti Nicoletti

University of York - Department of Economics and Related Studies ( email )

Heslington
York, YO1 5DD
United Kingdom

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