Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Bittman, M, England, P, Sayer, L, Folbe, N and Matheson, G, When does gender trump money? Bargaining and time in household work, American Journal of Sociology, 109, July 2003. Copyright University of Chicago Press. Original journal available here.


Using data from Australia and the United States, the authors explore the effect of spouses' contribution to family income on how housework is divided. Consistent with exchange-bargaining theory, women decrease their housework as their earnings increase, up to the point where both spouses contribute equally to the income.In other respects, gender trumps money.




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