Reconstituted couples’ productive and reproductive time. Are they more equitable than dual-parent couples?

Marc Ajenjo-Cosp, Núria García-Saladrigas

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Abstract

© 2018 Universidad Complutense de Madrid. All Rights Reserved. We analyze the time distribution of the reconstituted couples using data from the Time Use Survey 2002-2003 and 2009-2010, comparing reconstituted couples with at least one child under 18 years old with dual-parent families with similar characteristics. We evaluate the total time (man plus woman) and the difference in time (man minus woman) that couples invest on paid and non-paid work, distinguishing between housework and childcare. Our first finding is that, overall, reconstituted couples invest less time in unpaid work than dual-parent couples –especially on housework–, presumably due to their previous singe-parenthood experience. Regarding sex differences, our conclusion suggests that reconstituted couples in which women bring in the children are clearly more egalitarian than dual-parent couples, whereas when it is men who bring in the children this conclusion is less evident.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-186
JournalCuadernos de Relaciones Laborales
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Gender inequality
  • Paid work
  • Stepfamilies
  • Time use
  • Unpaid work.

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