The Rational Household Theory Examined: Does Equalization in Wages Change the Sexual Division of Labor?

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Abstract

This paper examines two versions of the rational household theory: The radical version implies sex equalization in wages changes the sexual division of labor, while the moderate version implies not. The latter is supported by findings from national representative surveys of Japan: Despite the narrowing of female/male wage gap for younger age groups, women's continuous full-time employment did not rise; there has been a slight increase in husbands' housework time on weekdays, but this may be due to husbands' self-serving response bias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalSociological Theory and Methods
Volume14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Family sociology
  • Gender
  • Maximum asymmetry
  • Neoclassical home economics
  • Secondary data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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