Dual careers, time-use and satisfaction levels: evidence from the British Household Panel Survey

WHEATLEY, D. and WU, Z., 2014. Dual careers, time-use and satisfaction levels: evidence from the British Household Panel Survey. Industrial Relations Journal, 45 (5), pp. 443-464. ISSN 1468-2338

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Abstract

This paper empirically examines time-use and its impact on satisfaction levels among dual career households in a post-industrial economy, the UK. Analysis explores the 1993-2009 British Household Panel Survey using panel probit regression. The evidence reveals distinctions in time-use relative to gender, occupations, and employment sector. Long hours persist among managers and professionals. The uneven division of household labour, further, continues to burden women with extensive amounts of housework and care. Satisfaction with working hours and amount/use of leisure time are lower among women, especially public sector professionals. Provision of care, occupation, and partner employment characteristics represent important satisfaction determinants present among women, while income (including partner’s income) only has relevance among men. Housework does not itself generate dissatisfaction. It is the overload of household tasks, due to inequality in the household division of labour, which constrains many highly skilled working women reducing satisfaction with time-use and life overall.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Industrial Relations Journal
Creators: Wheatley, D. and Wu, Z.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: September 2014
Volume: 45
Number: 5
ISSN: 1468-2338
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10.1111/irj.12071DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:17
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:24
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10531

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