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Boys don't cry (or do the dishes): family size and the housework gender gap

Anthony Lepinteur and Giorgia Menta ()

No 2001, CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) from CEPREMAP

Abstract: We here use the British Cohort Study to link family size to age-16 children's contribution to household chores and their adult housework gender gap. Using an instrumental variable approach, we show that large families affect boys and girls differently: the latter are significantly more likely to contribute to housework, while no effect is found for boys. In addition, growing up in large families makes cohort members more likely to sort into households with a higher housework gender gap. We show that the persistent effect of family size is due to the adoption of behaviours in line with traditional gender roles.

Keywords: Housework Gender Gap; Family Size; Instrumental Variables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53 pages
Date: 2020-01
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