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Letizia Mencarini and Daniele Vignoli
Woman’s employment makes unions more stable, if the partner contributes to the unpaid work
Collegio Carlo Alberto Working Papers, 2014
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A new generation of studies has called into question standard microeconomic predictions of a positive association between women’s economic independence and union dissolution, suggesting that it is necessary to include information about both partners’ contributions to paid and unpaid work when conducting empirical tests of the impact of women’s employment on union stability. In this study, we follow this strand of research and use data on couples from the 2003 and 2007 waves of the Italian “Family and Social Subject” survey, with the aim of investigating whether and how the gender division of labor channels the causal impact of women’s employment on union disruption. Utilizing techniques of mediation analysis, we suggest that women’s employment does not have a negative effect per se on union stability, and that women’s paid work becomes detrimental to the stability of the union only if the male partner’s contribution to unpaid work is limited.

Reference


@article{Mencarini2014a,
  author = {Letizia Mencarini and Daniele Vignoli},
  title = {Woman’s employment makes unions more stable, if the partner contributes to the unpaid work},
  year = {2014},
  journal = {Collegio Carlo Alberto Working Papers},
  number = {377},
  month = {Dec},
  url = {http://www.carloalberto.it/assets/working-papers/no.377.pdf},
  timestamp = {12.01.2015},
  abstract = {A new generation of studies has called into question standard microeconomic predictions of a positive association between women’s economic independence and union dissolution, suggesting that it is necessary to include information about both partners’ contributions to paid and unpaid work when conducting empirical tests of the impact of women’s employment on union stability. In this study, we follow this strand of research and use data on couples from the 2003 and 2007 waves of the Italian “Family and Social Subject” survey, with the aim of investigating whether and how the gender division of labor channels the causal impact of women’s employment on union disruption. Utilizing techniques of mediation analysis, we suggest that women’s employment does not have a negative effect per se on union stability, and that women’s paid work becomes detrimental to the stability of the union only if the male partner’s contribution to unpaid work is limited.}
}

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