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Exit, Voice, and Suffering: Do Couples Adapt to Changing Employment Patterns?

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Abstract:

What is the long-term effect of the emerging predominance of the dual-earner family? This study uses data from 3 national household panel surveys—the British Household Panel Survey (N= 16,044), the German Socioeconomic Panel (N= 14,164), and the U.S. Panel Study of Income Dynamics (N = 7,423)—which provide, for the first time, clear and direct longitudinal evidence of change in the balance of domestic labor within couples: evidence that women make large adjustments in their domestic work time immediately upon entering full-time paid work and that men exhibit a less obvious pattern of lagged adaptation, showing larger increases in domestic work in successive years.

Keywords: employment; gender; housework

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-3737.2005.00160.x

Affiliations: 1: University of Essex 2: University of New England *

Publication date: 2005-08-01

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