Understanding Society Scientific Conference 2019 - , University of Essex

Gendered time allocation and family formation in Great Britain: 1992-2016

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Day:Tue 2 Jul
  • Muzhi Zhou, University of Oxford

Marriage and parenthood signify the gendered division of labor, but how the gendered time use pattern evolves distinctively over the formation and development of marriages and parenthood and how these associations vary recently remain less clear. Using data from the BHPS and the Understanding Society, results from fixed-effect regressions show that women and men gradually adapt a traditional gendered time use pattern as marriage continues. The gendered time use pattern only reaches the most traditional temporarily after the birth of a child. Marriage and parenthood play distinct roles in the formation of the gendered time use pattern. Over the last 25 years, although women are less likely to conform to traditional gender roles as wives and mothers, there is little erosion of men’s breadwinner role in a family even until the 2010s.