My fiancée and I tracked the time we spent on chores. Here's what we learnt.

You could call it enlightened self-interest: I had just proposed to my long-term girlfriend and, as the FT's economics reporter, was intending to take the same rigorous, data-driven approach to matrimonial bliss that I use to write about British productivity.

The idea originally came from a book. In  The Second Shift , first published in 1989, the US sociologist Arlie Hochschild focused on a particular problem facing modern couples: the emergence of the two-job family in the final decades of the 20th century had not

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