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Does housework lower wages? Evidence for Britain

Mark Bryan () and Almudena Sevilla ()

Oxford Economic Papers, 2011, vol. 63, issue 1, 187-210

Abstract: This paper uses the British Household Panel Survey to present the first estimates of the housework-wage relationship in Britain. Controlling for permanent unobserved heterogeneity, we find that housework has a negative impact on the wages of men and women, both married and single, who work full-time. Among women working part-time, only single women suffer a housework penalty. The housework penalty is uniform across occupations within full-time jobs but some part-time jobs appear to be more compatible with housework than others. We find tentative evidence that the housework penalty is larger when there are children present. Copyright 2011 Oxford University Press 2010 All rights reserved, Oxford University Press.

Date: 2011
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