The Open UniversitySkip to content

Comparing welfare regimes by their effects on intra-household inequalities

de Henau, Jerome and Himmelweit, Susan (2013). Comparing welfare regimes by their effects on intra-household inequalities. In: Ferri, Mireia and Monsonis-Paya, Irene eds. Sustainability and transformation in European Social Policy. Peter Lang, pp. 117–146.

Full text available as:
PDF (Accepted Manuscript) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (196kB) | Preview
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


Gender analyses of policies tend to evaluate their effects on gender equality in access to the labour market and on gender roles within households; these have been examined both within and across different welfare state regimes (see for example Lewis 2009). However relatively little attention has been paid to effects on gender inequalities in access to and control over households’ financial resources. This chapter analyses the effect of employment status, to capture individuals’ paid and unpaid contributions to their household, on changes in satisfaction with household income, taken as an indicator of relative access to household resources. Intra-household gender inequalities can arise through policies’ effects both on the intra-household division of contributions and on the salience of that division to men’s and women’s access to household resources. Results are compared for three countries, Australia, Germany and the UK, chosen, not only because of the characteristics of their welfare regimes, but also because they all collect good household panel data that can be used for empirical investigation of such intra-household effects, and some comparative results are presented in this chapter.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Authors
ISBN: 3-0343-0901-5, 978-3-0343-0901-1
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: intra-household inequalities; family policies; financial satisfaction; employment status
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Economics
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 36451
Depositing User: Jérôme de Henau
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2013 12:49
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 18:38
Share this page:

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU