What if women earned more than their spouses? An experimental investigation of work-division in couples

Cochard, François, Couprie, Hélène and Hopfensitz, Astrid (2015) What if women earned more than their spouses? An experimental investigation of work-division in couples. TSE Working Paper, n. 15-592, Toulouse

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Abstract

Female specialization on household work and male specialization on labor-market work is a widely observed phenomenon across time and countries. Gender differences regarding characteristics (preferences, productivity) and context (wage rates, social norms) are generally recognized to explain this fact. We experimentally investigate work division by true co-habiting couples participating in a newly developed specialization task. Efficiency in this task comes at the cost of inequality, giving higher earnings to the “advantaged” player. We compare behavior when men (or women) are in the advantaged position, which correspond to the traditional (or power) couple case where he (or she) earns more. We show that women do not contribute more than men to the household public good whatever the situation. This result allows us to rule-out some of the standard explanations of the work division puzzle.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: 30 July 2015
Place of Publication: Toulouse
Uncontrolled Keywords: Experiment on couples, Time allocation, Work division
JEL codes: C99 - Other
D13 - Household Production and Intrahousehold Allocation
J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2015 13:08
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 13:23
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:29564
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/18444

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