Social Indicators Research

, Volume 101, Issue 2, pp 255–258 | Cite as

If Men Do More Housework, Do Their Wives Have More Babies?

  • Lyn CraigEmail author
  • Peter Siminski


We analyze data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey waves 1–6, to investigate whether the housework and childcare contributions of coupled Australian men with one child affect the likelihood that their wives will have a second child. We find no evidence that the way housework or childcare is shared has an effect, nor that the amount of men’s contribution to housework or childcare has an effect. In addition, the effect of men’s housework and childcare time on fertility does not appear to be mediated through its effect on their wives’ housework and childcare.


Housework Shares of housework and childcare Time use Fertility Second births 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social Policy Research CentreUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.University of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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