The Economic Lifecycle by Gender – Results Combining Monetary and Time Use Estimates

  • Fanny A. Kluge Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
Keywords: Economic life cycle, Gender differences, Time use, Household division of labour, Germany

Abstract

In recent decades, we have witnessed profound changes in family size and structure. While marriage rates and the number of children have declined in most industrialised countries, female labour force participation rates have risen significantly. However, while the working hours and wages of women have increased, we continue to observe huge discrepancies in market production by gender in Germany. This results in considerable differences in the economic lifecycle of men and women. The differences diminish if we take unpaid household production, consumption, and caring into account. We find that, after applying this comprehensive approach, the female lifecycle resembles male consumption, income, and transfer patterns. These findings are interesting in the light of future demographic changes, as they suggest that the explicit policy aim of increasing female labour force participation could place constraints on the currently observed division of labour in the market and in the household.

Author Biography

Fanny A. Kluge, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Economic and Social Demography
Published
2014-10-10
How to Cite
[1]
Kluge, F.A. 2014. The Economic Lifecycle by Gender – Results Combining Monetary and Time Use Estimates. Comparative Population Studies. 39, 4 (Oct. 2014).
Section
Research Articles