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Sharing housework between husbands and wives: how to improve marital satisfaction for working wives in Japan

Mayu Kobayashi (), Miki Kobayashi (), Tsunao Okumura and Emiko Usui
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Mayu Kobayashi: JA Bank Aichi
Miki Kobayashi: Saga University

IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2016, vol. 5, issue 1, 1-15

Abstract: Abstract This paper examines whether and how the marital satisfaction of Japanese couples is related to the housework the spouse performs. For single-earner couples, both husbands and wives are more satisfied with the other spouse if the wife performs the greater share of the housework on weekdays. In dual-earner couples, both husbands and wives experience higher spousal satisfaction when the other spouse performs more housework on weekdays. Japanese dual-earner couples are unable to spend more time on housework, because wives are already performing a significant share of housework on weekdays while husbands are working long hours. JEL Classification: J12, J22

Keywords: Marriage; Housework/division of labor; Satisfaction; Time use; Wives’ employment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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