Journal article

"The Policeman and the Part-Time Sales Assistant": Household Labour Supply, Family Time and Subjective Time Pressure in Australia 1997-2006

Lyn Craig, Killian Muhan

Journal of Comparative Family Studies | University of Calgary, Department of Sociology | Published : 2009


This paper explores associations between social and policy context and how parents of young children allocate time to work and family, using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Time Use Survey (TUS) 1997 and 2006. Over the period, Australia's economy was growing and unemployment was low. Political rhetoric supported 'traditional' family values, family tax policy favoured single income or 'modified male-breadwinner' households, and part time work was the most common 'familyfriendly' workplace measure. Against this background, we investigate the market labour supply and intra-household time use of mothers and fathers in couple-headed households with at least one child aged 0 - ..

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