Household structure and housework: Assessing the contributions of all household members, with a focus on children and youths

Jonathan Gershuny, Oriel Sullivan

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Abstract

Most research into the division of household domestic labor focuses on couple households, treating other household members such as children/youths and other adults as independent variables affecting the domestic work of husbands and wives. We present an integrated analysis of variance/variance decomposition that summarizes the determinants of the housework contributions of, and the housework burden imposed by, all the individuals in four common household types, with a focus on the contributions of older children and youths. We demonstrate the importance of statistical interactions between the contributions of different household members (distinguished by partnership status, gender, and the ages and genders of children/youths), in particular for those households containing children/youths. We conclude that in order to analyze the contributions of all household members jointly, it is necessary to distinguish different household compositions for separate analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-27
Number of pages21
JournalReview of Economics of the Household
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children's contributions to housework
  • Division of household labour
  • Household housework
  • Whole household analyses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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