Time use, exploitation, and the dual-career household: Competing perspectives

Bruce Philp*, Daniel Wheatley

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    This article evaluates Laibman's reformulation of Marxian exploitation theory, and compares it to two preference-based analyses of household time use (advanced by Becker and Hakim). Using a quantitative Marxist approach, and the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), we show profound dissatisfaction with working hours for members of dual-career households, and inequality, by gender, vis-à-vis pure consumption time. The results support exploitation-based theories of the household, and cast doubt on such preference-based theories of time use.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)587-614
    Number of pages28
    JournalAmerican Journal of Economics and Sociology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Sociology and Political Science


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