Equality and Sharing: Views of Household Across the Iron Curtain
Author: BRINIG M.F.
Source: European Journal of Law and Economics, Volume 7, Number 1, January 1999 , pp. 55-64(10)
Before they reunified, the two Germanies provided a natural experiment in whether law could rectify what many have seen as injustice between men and women in the household. East German legislation mandated that equal hours of housework be contributed by husband and wife, while West Germany allowed the couple to reach any arrangement they chose. This paper explores the predicted and actual consequence of the two regimes for labor force participation, divorce, and equality within marriages.
Document Type: Regular paper
Publication date: 1999-01-01