Intergenerational Mobility of Housework Time in the United Kingdom

42 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2014

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José Ignacio Giménez

University of Zaragoza

Jose Alberto Molina

University of Zaragoza - Department of Economic Analysis; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yu Zhu

University of Dundee

Abstract

This paper analyzes the relationship between parents' time devoted to housework and the time devoted to housework by their children. Using data from the Multinational Time Use Study for the UK, we find positive intergenerational correlations in housework for both parents, indicating that the more time parents devote to housework, the more time their children will devote to housework. However, when endogeneity of the uses of time are considered using the British Household Panel Survey, we find that only fathers' housework time appears to have a statistically significant effect. The IV estimates fully support the FE estimates and suggest that father's housework induced by his partner's non-traditional gender role attitudes towards domestic division of labour and her actual labour supply in the previous wave, has a large and significant effect on children's housework time. Our results contribute to the field of intergenerational mobility of behaviors.

Keywords: housework, household, intergenerational transfers, Multinational Time Use Study, British Household Panel Survey

JEL Classification: J16, J22

Suggested Citation

Giménez, José Ignacio and Molina Chueca, Jose Alberto and Zhu, Yu, Intergenerational Mobility of Housework Time in the United Kingdom. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8674, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2534702

José Ignacio Giménez (Contact Author)

University of Zaragoza ( email )

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Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

Jose Alberto Molina Chueca

University of Zaragoza - Department of Economic Analysis ( email )

50005 Zaragoza
Spain

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Yu Zhu

University of Dundee ( email )

Dundee, Scotland DD1 4HN
United Kingdom

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