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Will a Competent Wife do Less Work?: Gender Role Norms and Relative Wages between Couples

  • Korea Social Policy Review
  • Abbr : KSPR
  • 2020, 27(4), pp.137-161
  • DOI : 10.17000/kspr.27.4.202012.137
  • Publisher : Korean Association of Social Policy
  • Research Area : Social Science > Sociology > Medical / Welfare / Social policy
  • Received : November 9, 2020
  • Accepted : December 15, 2020
  • Published : December 30, 2020

Yoon, Mee-Rye 1 Kim, Tae Il 2

1한국노동연구원
2고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study analyzed the impacts of gender norms in society on married women’s labor market performance. The analysis found a break in the relative income distribution of couples at a point where the wife's income is higher than her husband's. And wives who earn or are likely to earn more than husbands tended to earn less than their potential incomes or less participate in the labor market than wives who do or are not. We construed this phenomenon as a burden on the wivies for violating the gender role norms that husbands should earn more than their wives.

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