Comparing household employment, gender contracts and the crisis in Europe

Sanchez-Mira, Nuria and O'Reilly, Jacqueline (2017) Comparing household employment, gender contracts and the crisis in Europe. In: 29th Annual Society for the Advancement of Socio-economics (SASE) Conference, 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2017, Lyon, France. (Accepted)

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Abstract

The traditional male breadwinner household has been in terminal decline, but has the economic crisis reversed this? Theoretical approaches concerned with the heterogeneity of ‘multi-equilibrium models’ of household organisation of work predict a period of normative change increasing gender equality, while ‘balkanised gender contract’ approaches emphasise the persistence of labor market segmentation. Using EU-SILC data (2007-12), we develop a typology to compare household employment patterns within and between countries before and after the Great Recession. Where the crisis was most severe there has been a retrenchment of dual earner households, and a growth of male breadwinners caused by female unemployment. While dual earner households are better placed to counter economic adversity this is often a result of economic necessity rather than increased gender equality.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Conference theme: What's next? disruptive/collaborative economy or business as usual?
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
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Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 11:48
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2017 11:48
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/68716
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