If men do more housework, do their wives have more babies?
We analyze data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey waves 1ÃÂ¿6, to investigate whether the housework and childcare contributions of coupled Australian men with one child affect the likelihood that their wives will have a second child. We find no evidence that the way housework or childcare is shared has an effect, nor that the amount of menÃÂ¿s contribution to housework or childcare has an effect. In addition, the effect of menÃÂ¿s housework and childcare time on fertility does not appear to be mediated through its effect on their wivesÃÂ¿ housework and childcare.
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