The Gender Gap in Household Labour: Differences between Married and Cohabiting People in Canada
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ABSTRACT Time availability and relative resources theories have been shown to explain some of the gender gap in housework among married Canadians however, we do not know whether these theories explain the gender differences among cohabiting couples in Canada. Using the 2010 General Social Survey, this study seeks to estimate (1) the gender gap in time spent on housework among married and cohabiting people in Canada, and (2) the usefulness of time availability and relative resource theories for married and cohabiting couples. The results show that married women perform more than an extra hour of housework compared to married men but there is significantly less gender difference in housework among cohabiting women and men. Time availability explains more of the gender difference among cohabiting people and relative resource theory is a better explanation of the gender differences among married people, however neither of these theories can explain all the gender difference for either type of partnership.
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
CommitteeKnudson, Sarah; Dickinson, Harley; Venne, Rosemary
Copyright DateAugust 2019