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Appendix 3

Appendix Table 4– Joint average hours of paid work for non-agricultural employed married couples aged 25-59,
selected industrial nations
Country and year Average hours worked per week- All couples where one or both partners work % dual earners Average hours for dual earners
US (1997) 72 76 81
New Zealand (2001 & 1996) 71 (70) 74 (72) 81 (80)
Finland (1991) 70 81 77
Canada (1994) 65 66 77
Sweden (1995) 64 85 69
Belgium (1996 64 58 79
France (1994) 62 61 76
Germany (1994) 60 56 75
Italy (1995) 59 46 78
UK (1995) 57 55 74
Netherlands (1994) 52 52 64

Note: The source of all non-New Zealand data is Jacobs and Gornick (2001). There are some differences in how the data were calculated between countries. The main one is that in some countries, including New Zealand, both defacto and married couples are included. In all countries the couples included are those where at least one partner was in paid work. In New Zealand, agricultural workers -ANZSIC Industry - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing - were removed from the calculation to make the data internationally comparable. In addition, both partners needed to be in the 25-59 age group. Finally, the New Zealand and international data is rounded to the nearest hour or percentage.

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