This paper argues that analyzing the livings standards of husbands and wives within families is a critical challenge for researchers concerned with the valid measurement of family well-being. No major data sets provide information about significant aspects of individual family members’ living standards. The family remains a “black box” because it is treated as the natural unit of analysis. The paper defines living standards, reviews examples of inter- and intra- family examples, finds these efforts guilty of methodological sexism, describes a small scale study that needs replication, and notes the importance of housework in any measures of living standards. It concludes with suggestions for two major changes in data collection efforts.
By IWPR|2020-11-13T03:01:05-05:00March 29, 1989|IWPR|Comments Off on Comparing the Living Standards of Husbands and Wives: In and Out of Marriage