Gender Inequality in China

Director: Susan E. Short
Research Theme: Persistent Disparities in Health and Human Capital
Location: People's Republic of China

PSTC researcher Short joins Juhua Yang of People‚Äôs University in Beijing to examine patterns of housework among husbands and wives in China over the period 1989 to 2006.  They find that as of 2006, Chinese wives on average do five times more housework than their husbands, a gender difference that is little changed since 1989.  This study suggests that highly asymmetric housework arrangements can be maintained in settings with high female labor force participation.