Negotiating domestic labor: women's earnings and housework time in Australia

Baxter, Janeen and Hewitt, Belinda (2013) Negotiating domestic labor: women's earnings and housework time in Australia. Feminist Economics, 19 1: 29-53. doi:10.1080/13545701.2012.744138

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Author Baxter, Janeen
Hewitt, Belinda
Title Negotiating domestic labor: women's earnings and housework time in Australia
Journal name Feminist Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-5701
Publication date 2013-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13545701.2012.744138
Open Access Status
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 29
End page 53
Total pages 25
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Recent research in the United States has found that wives' absolute earnings level is more important than their earnings relative to their spouses in determining time spent on housework. Utilizing data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, this article examines whether women's housework time in Australia is associated with relative or absolute earnings and extends previous work by examining possible mechanisms linking women's earnings with their time on housework, outsourcing through the use of paid domestic help, and unmeasured heterogeneity among women. The research finds that women's housework time is more strongly affected by women's relative earnings than by their absolute earnings, and neither outsourcing nor unobserved heterogeneity can explain the relationship between women's earnings and their housework time in Australia. These results indicate that Australia has a strong male-breadwinner institutional framework that continues to hinder gender equality in paid and unpaid work.
Keyword Unpaid work
Domestic labor
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Version of record first published: 29 Nov 2012

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