Weekly rhythms in task and time allocation of households

D.F. Ettema, T. van der Lippe

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Analysis of household activity scheduling has to date been limited to one-day periods. This paper extends the study of household task allocation to a one-week period. Using a one-week time use survey held under couples in The Netherlands in 2003, the paper proposes indicators for measuring task allocation on a daily and weekly scale and investigates to what extent role expectations, work status and indicators of time pressure influence task allocation patterns. The outcomes suggest that egalitarian role expectations and higher female work status lead to a more balanced allocation of work and households tasks between spouses. More traditional role views and increased time pressure lead to more specialisation and inequality between spouses. Interestingly, households under time pressure apply day-to-day specialisation to arrive at balanced weekly allocation totals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-129
Number of pages17
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Specialisation
  • Household interactions
  • Task allocation
  • Time allocation

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