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What Effects Do Macroeconomic Conditions Have on Families’ Time Together?


Melinda Sandler Morrill


North Carolina State University

Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia


U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Division of Productivity Research & Program Development

March 2013


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We examine family time together using data from the 2003-2010 American Time Use Survey combined with Bureau of Labor Statistics data on state-level unemployment rates. Couple time together is U-shaped; while fathers spend more time engaging in enriching childcare activities without a spouse present as the unemployment rate rises. Patterns are similar for dual-earner couples, but appear concentrated among demographic groups most affected by recessions. We also find that mothers are less likely to work standard hours and more likely to work on weekends as employment crises deepen, which is consistent with both sets of results for family time together.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: Unemployment, Time Use, Time Together, Great Recession, Nonstandard Work Hours

JEL Classification: J22, J11

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Date posted: May 1, 2012 ; Last revised: May 8, 2013

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Morrill, Melinda Sandler and Pabilonia, Sabrina Wulff, What Effects Do Macroeconomic Conditions Have on Families’ Time Together? (March 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2046818 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2046818

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Melinda Sandler Morrill
North Carolina State University ( email )
Raleigh, NC 27695-8110
United States
9195150331 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~msmorril
Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia (Contact Author)
U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Division of Productivity Research & Program Development ( email )
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212
United States
202-691-5614 (Phone)
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