Working women have more influence at home

June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014       Francisca Antman

            When women who are married work, they wield more decision-making power over large household expenses -- like buying a car, large appliance or furniture, says Francisca Antman, assistant professor of economics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Working women have more influence at home

June 16, 2014       

            When women who are married work, they wield more decision-making power over large household expenses -- like buying a car, large appliance or furniture, says Francisca Antman, assistant professor of economics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

CUT 1 “When women work, they have more influence over big household expenditures.” (:08)

            If a married woman has worked in the past 12 months, the likelihood of her involvement in decisions over major household buys with her husband increases by about 5 percentage points.

            Also, the likelihood that her husband is the sole decision maker on big buys for the home drops by about 5 percentage points. 

CUT 2 “I think it’s so important because this is the way that most women, by and large, are going to be able to improve their own situation and that of their children.” (:08)

            Antman used data from a survey of families in Mexico for a study published in Applied Economics Letters. She believes the findings could have broader implications across ethnicities because of related research that shows a low level of disparity between cultures with regard to similar questions.

CUT 3 “Anything where we are making it easier for women to participate in employment activities, just as men do, we can also expect them to actually have greater influence within their households. And so it’s not just a question of increasing their income, but actually increasing their influence over their own lives.”

Contact:

Francisca Antman, CU-Boulder assistant professor of economics

francisca.antman@colorado.edu

Elizabeth Lock, CU-Boulder media relations, 303-492-3117

elizabeth.lock@colorado.edu

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