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Title:Women's Work, Men's Work: The Relationship Between Wife's Wage Rate and Husband's Relative Input to Household Production
Author(s):Leach, Lauren Jean
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hafstrom, Jeanne
Department / Program:Human Resources and Family Studies
Discipline:Human Resources and Family Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Home Economics
Women's Studies
Economics, General
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Abstract:The purpose of this research was to study the relationship between wife's wage rate and percentage of spouses' time contributed by the husband in total tasks and in nine different categories utilizing a modified household production model. Data were taken from the main sample of the National Survey of Households and Families and were restricted to families not residing in dormitories or barracks with both spouses present and in their first marriage, husband and wife employed at least part-time, and wife as primary respondent. Hypotheses were tested using Tobit analysis.
Wife's wage rate was hypothesized to be related positively to the percentage of spouses' time in total household tasks performed by the husband and related positively to the percentage of spouses' time contributed by the husband in each individual household task. Control variables were wife's and husband's education, husband's age, wife's employment hours, husband's income, and age of youngest child. Hypotheses were partially supported. Wife's wage rate was related positively to percentage of spouses' time contributed by the husband in total tasks and house cleaning.
Wife's weekly hours of employment was related positively to percentage of spouses' time contributed by the husband in total tasks and in meal preparation, laundry, dish washing, outdoor work, and driving others to work, school, and other places and was related negatively to percentage of spouses' time contributed by the husband in automobile maintenance. Husband's income was related negatively to percentage of spouses' time contributed by the husband in total tasks and in house cleaning, meal preparation, shopping, and driving others to school, work, and other places. Wife's education was related positively to percentage of spouses' time contributed by the husband in dish washing and in total tasks and was related negatively to percentage of spouses' time contributed by the husband to bill paying. Husband's education was related positively to percentage of spouses' time contributed by the husband in dish washing and bill paying and was related negatively to the percentage of spouses' time contributed by husband to automobile maintenance. Age of youngest child was related ambiguously to relative time contribution of husband to household tasks. Husband's age was related negatively to percentage of spouses' time contributed by the husband in total tasks and meal preparation.
Issue Date:1993
Type:Text
Description:110 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/72622
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI9329092
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-17
Date Deposited:1993


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