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Unpacking within-household gender differences in partners’ subjective benefits from household income

Himmelweit, Susan and de Henau, Jerome (2013). Unpacking within-household gender differences in partners’ subjective benefits from household income. Journal of Marriage and Family, 75(3) pp. 611–624.

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Abstract

This paper examines how contributions to household resources, indicated by employment status, influence satisfaction with household income (SWHI) for members of male/female couples. We take changes in SWHI, which may differ within couples, to indicate changes in perceived benefits from their common household income, benefits that can go beyond individual consumption. Using data from the British Household Panel Survey for 2,396 couples from 1996 to 2007, three gender effects are identified. First, men predominate in making the type of contribution that most positively influences SWHI, namely full-time employment. Second, the effect of contributions depends on the gender of the contributor, with men’s employment being more influential than women’s. Third, within couples, making the more influential contribution, as men tend to do, leads to relatively greater SWHI. We conclude that gender asymmetry in contributions made to household resources is one way in which gender inequalities invade and inhabit households.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 National Council on Family Relations
ISSN: 1741-3737
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Keywords: family resource management; gender; inequality; paid work; spousal roles; unpaid family work
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)
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Item ID: 36453
Depositing User: Susan Himmelweit
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2013 10:25
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 05:06
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/36453
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