CPRC Seminar - September 20

Columbia Population Research Center

is pleased to invite you to the first seminar of Fall 2018:


"Who Is Doing Household Labor in Iran?"

presented by

Fatemah Torabi

Assistant Professor of Demography

University of Tehran, Iran



Thursday, September 20th, 2018

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Room C03

Columbia University School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Avenue

(between 121st Street and 122nd Street)


Videoconference is available at:

Mailman School of Public Health

722 West 168th Street, Room 532B


Registration required at https://cupop.formstack.com/forms/cprcfall2018

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend at the School of Social Work.



Despite a growing acceptance of egalitarian gender attitudes, there is no empirical evidence about the division of household labor between wives and husbands in Iran. Using data from two rounds of the Time Use Survey, temporal changes in spouses’ division of household labor will be described and, drawing on the relative resources and time availability approaches, this division will be explained. Three main points will be highlighted. First, gender roles are indeed stratified; wives are five times more likely than husbands to participate in household labor. Second, only the time availability explanation is relevant; participation in both domestic and parental work is negatively associated with participation in non-household activities and positively associated with the number of children in the household. Third, gender roles are defined beyond socio-economic attributes, at least at the individual level; accounting for relative resources and time availability indicators do not remove the role of gender in predicting household labor.



Fatemeh Torabi is Assistant Professor of Demography at the Department of Demography, the University of Tehran, Iran. She has a BA in Sociology (2004), an MA in Demography (2006), both from the University of Tehran and a Ph.D. in Demography (2011) from the Department of Population Studies, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. She has been appointed as the Research Deputy of Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Tehran (2014-2016) and elected as a council member of the Population Association of Iran (2011-2017). Her research interests include family demography, marriage and divorce, fertility, and gender studies in Middle East countries, with a special focus on Iran. She has also taught several demographic courses at undergraduate level and Family Demography and Advanced Statistics at postgraduate level. She has supervised and advised several MA and Ph.D. thesis and shared the results of her research via several publications as well as presentations at national and international population conferences.


For additional information regarding the Fall 2018 CPRC Seminar Series please visit: http://cupop.columbia.edu/events/seminar-series/cprc-seminars