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How Do Parents Allocate Time?


Hans Bloemen


VU University Amsterdam; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Tinbergen Institute; Netspar

Elena G.F. Stancanelli


University of Cergy-Pontoise - THEMA

September 2, 2008

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 08-079/3

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This paper focuses on the time allocation of spouses and the impact of economic variables. We present a stylized model of the time allocation of spouses to illustrate the expected impact of wages and non-labour income. The empirical model simultaneously specifies three time-use choices -paid work, childcare, and housework- and wage and employment equations for each spouse, allowing for correlation across the errors of the ten equations. We exploit the rich information in the French time-use survey 1998-99 to estimate the model. The predictions of the theoretical model are mostly validated with the main exception of the standard hypothesis that performing housework does not bring utility. Parents' market time responds positively to changes in own wage. The own-wage elasticity of housework is negative while childcare does not react to changes in own wage. Women's non-market time is independent of their husband's wage; but both housework and childcare of fathers react positively to an increase in their wife's wage. Non-labour income reduces paid work by parents and increases their non-market time. Higher-educated and older parents spend more time with their children. There are significant and positive correlations across the errors of the spousal equations.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 49

Keywords: Time Use, Work Behaviour, Household Economics

JEL Classification: D1, D13, J21

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Date posted: September 2, 2008  

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Bloemen, Hans and Stancanelli, Elena G.F., How Do Parents Allocate Time? (September 2, 2008). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 08-079/3. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1262231 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1262231

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Hans Bloemen (Contact Author)
VU University Amsterdam ( email )
De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Tinbergen Institute
Gustav Mahlerplein 117
Amsterdam, 1082 MS
Netherlands
Netspar
P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
Elena G.F. Stancanelli
University of Cergy-Pontoise - THEMA ( email )
33 boulevard du port
F-95011 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, 95011
France
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