Why does more housework lower women's wages? Testing hypotheses involving job effort and hours flexibility

Authors
Citation
Ls. Stratton, Why does more housework lower women's wages? Testing hypotheses involving job effort and hours flexibility, SOC SCI Q, 82(1), 2001, pp. 67-76
Citations number
12
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY
ISSN journal
0038-4941 → ACNP
Volume
82
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
67 - 76
Database
ISI
SICI code
0038-4941(200103)82:1<67:WDMHLW>2.0.ZU;2-S
Abstract
Objectives. The purpose of this paper is to rest two hypotheses regarding t he observed negative relation between housework time and wages for women. M ethods. Regression analysis is performed to determine the robustness of the housework-wage relation to controls for effort and job flexibility The dat a contain self-reported flexibility measures and unique information on effo rt that can be normalized to reduce individual-specific heterogeneity in re porting. Results. Reported work effort and flexible working conditions are found to be significant determinants of wages, but not at the expense of ho usework time. Conclusion. The evidence fails to support a link between hous ework and wages based on either job effort or hours flexibility, but the fi nding that only time spent on housework on job days is negatively related t o wages suggests that time constraints are a critical factor.