Gender, Work and Labour Markets, 1st Edition by Sue Hatt (auth.)

By Sue Hatt (auth.)

Men and women's designated roles in effective job impact their financial independence. The e-book makes use of simple fiscal ideas to research the diversities among women and men who're in employment, are unemployed or are non-participant in labour markets. the level to which household obligations impact labour industry participation varies significantly among women and men with implications for his or her advertising clients and their gains. This publication considers the coverage implications of different fiscal roles of guys and women.

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In recent years, such biological explanations have become discredited throughout the social sciences. Women certainly possess a biological advantage in bearing and nursing babies, but beyond that point there are no good biological explanations of the domestic division of labour. Men can care for children, clean the bathroom and cook meals. Some fathers do take responsibility for these tasks in western society and in other societies these functions are sometimes deemed the appropriate role for men to play.

Efficient production will be achieved if they specialize completely in their relatively most productive activity; this way the household's joint standard of living will be improved. Housework, Specialization and Earnings One of the main difficulties with this analysis is that it accepts the gender wage gap as a fixed and exogenous variable. Indeed it is the case that in every developed country of the world, men do earn more than women. Although the earnings gap has narrowed in recent years it still remains.

In 1992 the British Social Attitudes Survey found that overall 33 per cent of their respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the view that 'a husband's job is to earn the money: a wife's job is to look after the home and family'. But the picture is changing; younger men and women, those with a higher level of education and those in households where women are in the labour force, were more likely to reject these traditional attitudes towards gender roles (Jowell et al. 1992/3). Indeed as fertility rates are declining and the number of people in the average household is falling, it is no longer necessary for women to devote themselves completely to unpaid domestic work.

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