Perceived equity in the gendered division of household labor

Michael Braun*, Noah Lewin-Epstein, Haya Stier, Miriam K. Baumgärtner

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Despite huge imbalances in the division of housework between women and men, previous studies have found perceptions of equity on the part of women to be much more frequent than feelings of injustice. Taking a comparative perspective on the basis of International Social Survey Program (ISSP) 2002 data (N = 8,556), we find that, on the individual level, the explanatory frameworks that have been found to influence the actual inequality of household division of labor (time availability, resource dependence, and gender ideology) contribute to the explanation of perceptions of equity, in that they interact with the inequality of the household division of labor. On the country level, the gender-wage ratio and the average level of inequality are important predictors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1145-1156
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Division of labor
  • Fairness and equality
  • Housework
  • Multilevel models


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