Does housework matter anymore? The shifting impact of housework on economic inequality

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Publication Type Working Paper
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Family & Consumer Studies; Economics
Program Institute of Public and International Affairs (IPIA)
Creator Zick, Cathleen D.; Srisukhumbowornchai, Sivithee
Other Author Bryant, W. Keith
Title Does housework matter anymore? The shifting impact of housework on economic inequality
Date 2006-09-25
Description In recent years, American women's housework time has declined while American men's housework time has risen. We examine how these changes have affected economic inequality in America. Using time-diary data from the Time Use in Economic and Social Accounts, 1975-76 (N=1,484) and the American Time Use Survey, 2003 (N=5,534), we assess the economic value of adults' housework and its influence on households' real access to goods and services in both years. Results suggest that housework reduces economic inequality. But, between 1975-76 and 2002-03, economic inequality rose largely because of the growing money income inequality and also, in part, because of modest growth in housework nequality. Demographic change, principally the rise in women's employment, partially inhibited the growth in inequality.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Demography; Socioeconomic status; Household duties; Female; Male; United States; Economics
Subject LCSH Housekeeping; Income distribution
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Zick, C. D., Bryant, W. K. & Srisukhumbowrnchai, S. (2006). Does Housework Matter Anymore? The Shifting Impact of Housework on Economic Inequality. Institute of Public International Affairs (IPIA).
Series Institute of Public and International Affairs Working Papers
Rights Management (c) 2006 University of Utah
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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