The Social and Political Economy of the Household

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of income within the home, and the joint pool, on the other hand, within which financial resources are much more equally shared. It seems likely that significant shifts to greater equality in household financial arrangements will depend not just on women's greater participation in the labour market as full-time workers but also on effective challenges to the husband's traditional status as the main breadwinner in the family.


NOTES
1.
Since almost all disagreement between partners took the form of one partner claiming management was joint while the other claimed it was undertaken by only one partner (rather than one partner claiming it was done by one spouse while the other partner claimed it was done by the other spouse) the five-point scale was as follows:
a. agree female;
b. disagree female or equal;
c. agree equal;
d. disagree male or equal;
e. agree male.

In the sample as a whole 70% of couples gave exactly the same answer.

2.
Of couples using the female whole wage system, 71% agreed that wives were ultimately responsible for organizing money; 77% of couples using the male whole wage system agreed that husbands were ultimately responsible for organizing money; and 49% of couples using the housekeeping allowance system agreed husbands were responsible for organizing money, with a further 25% of those using this system disagreeing over whether responsibility lay with the husband or whether it was joint.
3.
While there were no statistically significant differences between male and female respondents, male respondents were initially more likely than female respondents to classify their system as a joint pool (55% and 50% respectively), whereas female respondents were somewhat more likely than male respondents to claim that they used the female whole wage system (29% and 24% respectively). In reality, however, the excess of male over female respondents selecting the pool all turned out to be using the male-managed pool, which implies that male respondents were slightly more likely than female respondents to mask their own management of finances under the label of 'pooling'.

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