Marriage and Housework

38 Pages Posted: 1 May 2017

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Cristina Borra

University of Seville

Martin Browning

University of Oxford

Almudena Sevilla Sanz

University of Oxford

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Abstract

This paper provides insights into the welfare gains of forming a couple by estimating how much of the difference in housework time between single and married individuals is causal and how much is due to selection. Using longitudinal data from Australia, UK and US, we find that selection into marriage by individuals with a higher taste for home-produced goods can explain about half of the observed differences in housework documented in the cross-sectional data. There remains a genuine two-hour increase in housework time for each partner upon marriage, with women specializing in routine, and men specializing in non-routine housework tasks.

Keywords: marriage, time use, home production

JEL Classification: D13, J12, J22

Suggested Citation

Borra, Cristina and Browning, Martin and Sevilla Sanz, Almudena, Marriage and Housework. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10740, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2960549 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2960549

Cristina Borra (Contact Author)

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Martin Browning

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Almudena Sevilla Sanz

University of Oxford ( email )

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