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Gendered division of labour in Japan

Ekaterina Hertog and Man-Yee Kan presented a new findings about the shifts in domestic division of labout in Japanese married couples aged between 20 and 60 over the past 3 decades. Our most stark finding: the change has been very limited.

In 1991 Japanese married wives on average invested 93% of the total time a married couples spent on housework and 88% of the time they spent on care work. By 2016, this share fell to 87% and 80% respectively.


To learn more about teh association between education and domestic division of labour within couples over time in Japan see the paper we presented at PAA in 2019.

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