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Study: Aussies make the worst husbands

August 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Australian men make the worst husbands because they hate helping out with housework, according to a new study.Dr. Almudena Sevilla-Sanz from Oxford University studied 13,500 men and woman from 12 developed countries. Dr. Sevilla-Sanz found that men and women were both more likely to marry if they believed their partner would help out with the housework and childcare.

Men from Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, the United States and North Ireland were found to make the best husbands. Australian men, who prefer beer and sports over housework, ranked the lowest in a study.

"This study shows that in egalitarian countries there is less social stigma attached to men doing what was traditionally women's work," said Dr. Sevilla-Sanz.

The study, titled Household Division of Labor and Cross-Country Differences in Household Formation Rates, is due to be published in the Journal of Population Economics.

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