• Headline: Social Reproduction in Anglo-American Welfare Model
  • Type of publication: Working Paper
  • Research or In The Media: Research
  • Research Area: Gender and Care Work
  • Publication Date: 2023-06-15
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PERI researcher Katherine Moos and Pilar Gonalons-Pons offer a quantitative comparative analysis of the socioeconomic and gendered organization of social reproduction in the United States and United Kingdom from 1973 to 2013. Their analysis focuses on household production, paid work, and government social benefits to examine how men and women of different socioeconomic groups contribute to household social reproduction. Their results illustrate important shifts in the organization of social reproduction related to neoliberalism and feminism. But they do not observe that social reproduction in either country has been fundamentally destabilized, refamiliarized, or degendered.

Abstract

Drawing on both gender regime theory and social reproduction theory, this paper employs survey data to offer a quantitative comparative analysis of the socioeconomic and gendered organization of social reproduction in the United States and United Kingdom from 1973 to 2013. Our analysis focuses on household production, paid work, and government social benefits to examine how men and women of different socioeconomic groups contribute to household social reproduction. We combine data from the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS), the Multinational Time-Use Surveys (MTUS), and additional sources to construct an integrated dataset of harmonized household survey data. We find that household social reproduction in the US and UK reflect variations and path dependence within the Anglo-American model. While our results illustrate important shifts in the organization of social reproduction related to neoliberalism and feminism, we do not observe that social reproduction in either country has been fundamentally destabilized, refamiliarized, or degendered.

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