Ekaterina Hertog

Research Fellow on the GenTime Project

College: St Antony's

Research Areas: Family Sociology, Time Use, Gender Practices in Household, Human Mate Selection, Contemporary Japanese Society, Reproductive Choices, Never Married Mothers, Social Norms.

Member of Research Streams

  • Gender, family and households

Email: Ekaterina Hertog

Tel.: 01865 284510

Current Research - Gender and Time Use in Japan

My research interests lie in the field of family sociology. I am part of the GenTime team, working on the gender differences in time use in East Asia. My current research focuses on the gender balance in the domestic division of labour. A pilot study for this project, “Domestic division of labour and fertility preference in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan”, has been published in Demographic Research in 2017. A working paper analysing relationship between education and time spent on different types of domestic work is available here: https://econpapers.repec.org/paper/hithituec/673.htm.

My earlier research includes a study of never-married single mothers in Japan that provides an in-depth analysis of Japanese women's decision-making on childbearing issues and the related value systems. It was published as a book by Stanford University Press in with the title ‘Tough Choices: Bearing an Illegitimate Child in Contemporary Japan’. I also carried out quantitative analyses of Japanese marriage market trends, explaining reasons for individual success and failure on the Japanese marriage market. A resulting paper “Family characteristics and mate selection: Evidence from computer‚Äźassisted dating in Japan” (co-authored with Wei-hsin Yu) has been published in the Journal of Marriage and Family in 2018.


 Finalising submission  with Mun, E. and Brinton, M. “Searching for a Marriage Mate in Postindustrial Japan: ‘Just Right’ or ‘Just Good Enough?’”
 2018  with Yu, Wei-hsin “Family Characteristics and Mate Selection: Evidence from Computer-Assisted Dating in Japan” Journal of Marriage and Family, in press
 2017  with Kan, M.Y. “Domestic division of labour and fertility preference in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan” Demographic Research, volume 36, article 18
 2017  Guest editor for a special issue on gender division of labour and fertility in East Asia for Demographic Research, together with Man Yee Kan
 2016  “Intergenerational Negotiations of Premarital Pregnancies in Contemporary Japan” in Qureshi, K and Pooley, S (eds.) Reproductive cultures: the passing on of parenthood between generations, Berghahn.
 2011  “Marriage, abortion or unwed motherhood? How women evaluate alternative solutions to premarital pregnancies in Japan and the United States,” Journal of Family Issues, Volume 32, Issue 12, pp. 1674-1699 (with Miho Iwasawa)
 2010  “I did not know how to tell my parents so I thought I would have to have an abortion,” in Alexy, A. and Ronald, R. (eds.) Home and Family in Japan (Japan Anthropology Workshop Series), Routledge.
 2009                                         Tough Choices: Bearing an Illegitimate Child in Japan, Stanford University Press
2008 “'The worst abuse against a child is the absence of a parent': how Japanese unwed mothers evaluate their decision to have a child outside wedlock,” Japan Forum, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp. 193 – 217