Changes in couples' time use: Are we moving toward greater equality?

Marc Ajenjo Cosp, Joan García Román

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The article analyzes the evolution of gender inequality in Spain using data from the time use surveys carried out by the Spanish Statistical Office in 2002-2003 and 2009-2010. Firstly, changes in time use and characteristics of the couples are analyzed in a descriptive way. In this part, a decrease in the gap as well as an increase within couples with more egalitarian characteristics, especially female employment and higher educational attainment, is shown. Secondly, is tested the evolution towards a more equality pattern or if changes are only due to an increase of more egalitarian couples. Results predict a decrease in the gender inequality in two senses: the raise of more egalitarian couples and a higher equality within couples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-476
JournalRevista Internacional de Sociologia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Dual-Earner Couples
  • Gender Roles
  • Spain
  • Time Allocation


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