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Gender and Intra-Household Entitlements (GeNix): A Cross-National Longitudinal Analysis

What factors influence the extent to which individuals differentially benefit from their household’s income?
January 2009 - December 2012

Investigators: Susan Himmelweit (Professor, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Jerome De Henau (Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Cristina Santos (Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences) and Zeenat Soobedar (Research Associate, OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

The aim of this ESRC-funded project Gender and Intra-Household Entitlements (2009-2012) to capture the full range of benefits from household income, not just in terms of consumption, by examining the factors that influence the satisfaction of men and women in couples with their common household income.

The factors investigated include policy-relevant factors that are influenced by gender roles and opportunities more broadly in society and may affect the perceived contributions and autonomy of individuals within households. These factors include men’s and women’s individual contributions through paid or unpaid work and their opportunities to support themselves if the couple breaks down. This study is being conducted cross-nationally using panel data from the UK, Germany and Australia, in order to explore the effect of socio-economic, cultural and policy differences.

Image: Pontiac Household by Michael Gil, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Learn more about the research programme: Intimate Relationships