Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, Uppsala University
Marriage, Housework and Fairness
Abstract: I explore the effects of a preference for fairness in the
division of housework between two spouses in two different models of
household time allocation. Both in the model with agreeing spouses and the
model with noncooperative spouses, such a preference has an equalising
effect on the division of labour between the partners. In the
noncooperative setting, the wife gets better off and the husband worse off
in terms of private consumption. I also argue that both the allocation
process and the degree of fairness consideration matter for policy outcomes
and discuss three policy measures in relation to these two factors.
Keywords: Fairness; housework; unpaid work; household production; household time allocation; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C72; D13; D63; (follow links to similar papers)
39 pages, October 15, 1998
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