Study Finds Inverse Relationship Between Income And Housework

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From The Associated Press
By Stephanie Reitz

AMHERST, Mass. - Money may not buy love, but it might get some working wives a reprieve from the vacuum or overflowing laundry baskets.

A new University of Massachusetts Amherst study finds married women do about one less hour of housework per week for every $7,500 they earn as full-time workers outside the home, regardless of the husband's income.

Married women who work full time may be looking largely at their own salaries -- not those of their husbands -- when deciding which routine chores can or should get done in their home, says sociology researcher Sanjiv Gupta.

Tango’s Take

Thanks for nothing, Sanjiv Gupta, you just destroyed domestic tranquility as we know it. Or created a brand new need for decent help around the house. One of the women interviewed had a slightly different theory, she said that woman busy with work tend to make more money but therefore had less time for housework. Thanks for the theory, but we didn’t ask for crazy. Joking around aside though, how can this study logically hold up? If someone works one hour more per week every week for a year and earn another $7,500, that means they are earning roughly $150 per hour (or $300,000 total). We may have missed the point, but that’s how it shakes out to us. We’re pretty sure that in most parts of the US you could hire a competent housekeeper twice a week for $75 a pop. We clearly missed the point, hopefully this study doesn’t inspire a generation of women to let their houses fall apart and rely on KFC four nights a week for dinner because they think their going to earn an additional 8 grand.

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