Domestic outsourcing, housework time and subjective time pressure: new insights from longitudinal data

Craig, Lyn, Perales, Francisco, Vidal, Sergi and Baxter, Janeen (2016) Domestic outsourcing, housework time and subjective time pressure: new insights from longitudinal data. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78 5: 1224-1236. doi:10.1111/jomf.12321


Author Craig, Lyn
Perales, Francisco
Vidal, Sergi
Baxter, Janeen
Title Domestic outsourcing, housework time and subjective time pressure: new insights from longitudinal data
Journal name Journal of Marriage and Family   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-2445
1741-3737
Publication date 2016
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jomf.12321
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 78
Issue 5
Start page 1224
End page 1236
Total pages 13
Place of publication Malden, MA United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Hiring household help could reduce housework time and alleviate subjective time pressure. Associations are assumed to be particularly apparent for women because they spend more time on housework than men. But empirical evidence on whether hiring help actually saves time or relieves time pressure is scant and inconclusive, chiefly because of data and methodological limitations. This study improves on earlier ones in that the authors examined panel data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey (n = 5,124 couples) that enable modeling techniques that take account of selection effects, possible reverse causality, and unobserved heterogeneity. Contrary to some earlier studies, the authors show that outsourcing does in fact reduce housework time, narrow gender gaps, and lower women's subjective time pressure. They conclude that domestic outsourcing may save time and reduce subjective pressure for some women, but one consequence may be increased inequality between women who can and cannot afford domestic help.
Keyword Australia
Domestic outsourcing
Gender
Housework
Inequality
Panel data
Time pressure
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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