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Divorce and the gender division of labor in comparative perspective

Iversen, Torben, Rosenbluth, Frances and Soskice, David (2005) Divorce and the gender division of labor in comparative perspective. Social Politics, 12 (2). pp. 216-242. ISSN 1072-4745

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Identification Number: 10.1093/sp/jxi012


This article shows how cross-national variation in labor market attributes, social policies affecting female employment, and divorce laws affect both female labor force participation and divorce. These in turn lead to a systematic gendered pattern in the preferences for government spending on social services. By analyzing data on household division of labor and divorce, we show that a politically and institutionally mediated bargaining model better explains choices over allocation of work than does Becker’s economic model, which assumes a single family utility function. This analysis suggests the fruitfulness of investigating how labor markets and public policies shape gender stereotypes and for how child support rules may affect women’s decisions about labor market participation.

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Additional Information: © 2005 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2008 11:55
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:20

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