Marital status transitions and domestic labour: A multiprocess, multilevel approach

Haynes, Michele, Baxter, Janeen, Hewitt, Belinda and Western, Mark (2010). Marital status transitions and domestic labour: A multiprocess, multilevel approach. In: ASA Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta, USA, (). 13-15 August 2010.

Author Haynes, Michele
Baxter, Janeen
Hewitt, Belinda
Western, Mark
Title of paper Marital status transitions and domestic labour: A multiprocess, multilevel approach
Conference name ASA Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
Conference location Atlanta, USA
Conference dates 13-15 August 2010
Place of Publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Sociological Association
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Oral presentation
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In this paper we examine data from the Households, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey and the British Household Panel Study (BHPS) to investigate the impact of marital status transitions on domestic labor time. Our aim is to first use HILDA and BHPS to identify the joint influence of unobserved factors on marital status transitions and women’s time on domestic labor; second, to determine whether there is a selection effect into and out of relationships for women who do varying amounts of domestic work; and third, to examine whether these patterns are more widespread by comparison with the UK, a country with broadly similar institutional and cultural features to Australia. A simultaneous-equations model is used to jointly examine the relationships between time on domestic labor and marital status transitions to allow for correlation between unobserved partner and person characteristics that impact on each process. Our results show that women who have higher levels of domesticity when single spend more time on housework after marriage, while women who spend less time on housework when married are more likely to separate. Taken together, these results imply a selection effect of certain kinds of women into and out of relationships.
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Additional Notes 264. Regular Session. Sociology of Time Use Hilton Atlanta

 
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