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HOUSEWORK OF MARRIED WOMEN WORTH $5.50 AN HOUR AFTER TAXES

* A married woman's housework is worth $5.50 an hour after taxes ($7.64 before taxes) and about $10,000 a year, according to a Cornell University analysis.

The average household labor value for married men is about $9.60 an hour after taxes, or about $6,600 a year. While men earn a higher hourly rate, they do only 27 percent of the housework.

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The analysis, using 1981 time-use data and 1988 dollar values of time per hour, calculated the value of housework for married men and women from 18 to 65 years old.