Paid and unpaid work in Australian households: Trends in the gender division of labour, 1986-2005

Chesters, Jenny, Baxter, Janeen and Western, Mark (2009) Paid and unpaid work in Australian households: Trends in the gender division of labour, 1986-2005. Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 12 1: 89-108.

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Author Chesters, Jenny
Baxter, Janeen
Western, Mark
Title Paid and unpaid work in Australian households: Trends in the gender division of labour, 1986-2005
Journal name Australian Journal of Labour Economics
ISSN 1328-1143
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 89
End page 108
Total pages 20
Editor Boyd Hunter
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Centre for Labour Market Research
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 160805 Social Change
940112 Families and Family Services
940501 Employment Patterns and Change
14 Economics
1402 Applied Economics
Abstract Changes in labour force participation rates of men and women over the last three decades raise questions about how men and women manage the combined responsibilities of paid and unpaid work. In the majority of couple families both partners are now engaged in paid employment highlighting the necessity to consider both paid and unpaid work when examining household divisions of labour. In this study, we use data collected in three national Australian surveys in 1986, 1993 and 2005 to examine the combined paid and unpaid workloads of men and women in dual-earner families. We find that the gender gap in men’s and women’s combined workloads has narrowed with men and women having similar loads when both are employed full-time. But this pattern does not hold for households with dependent children. We conclude that parenthood is a constraint on equality in the division of labour within Australian households.
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Additional Notes Originally presented at 10th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference.

 
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