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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Gender, Justice and Work: A Distributive Approach to Perceptions of Housework Fairness
Authors: Perales, Francisco 
Baxter, Janeen 
Tai, Tsui-o 
Perales, F 
Publication Date: May-2015
Pages: 13
Keywords: Gender
Life course transitions
Panel data
Distributive justice
Abstract: Most women and men report that the division of domestic labor in their household is fair, despite women undertaking approximately seventy percent of housework. This raises questions about how fairness is evaluated within partnerships. We explore how parenthood and relationship transitions affect perceptions of housework fairness using panel data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey and panel regression models. Our results indicate that net of actual housework divisions, socio-demographic factors, time availability and relative resources, the transition to parenthood increases women’s perceptions of housework fairness immediately following the birth of a child, but decreases them in the long run. Relationship transitions have no independent effects. Our findings suggest that parenthood transitions are associated with changes in women’s identity, cognitive evaluations of fairness and feelings of entitlement, as indicated by distributive justice theory.
Keywords: Actvities -- Housework
Research collection: Journal Articles
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