The division of household labor in Germany and Israel

Noah Lewin-Epstein*, Haya Stier, Michael Braun

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We compare the patterns of household division of labor in Germany and Israel - two countries that share key elements of the corporatist welfare regime but differ in their gender regimes'-and evaluate several hypotheses using data from the 2002 International Social Survey Program. Although time constraints and relative resources affect the division of household labor and women's housework in both societies, we find that in Germany the gender order of household labor is more rigid, whereas in Israel the spouses' linked labor market status exerts distinctive effects. We also find significant relationships between gender ideology and the division of household labor. We discuss the theoretical advantages of approaching the comparative study of gender inequality from the vantage point of family and gender regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1147-1164
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Division of household labor
  • Family roles
  • Gender ideology
  • Housework


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