Home Production and Wages: Evidence from the American Time Use Survey

Review of Economics of the Household, Forthcoming

Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 09-03

33 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2009 Last revised: 6 Feb 2009

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Joni Hersch

Vanderbilt University - Law School; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics

Abstract

Using data from the American Time Use Survey for the years 2003-2006, this paper finds that housework has a negative relation with wages for both women and men. The negative relation between housework time and wages is not likely to arise from omitted working conditions that are correlated with housework, nor from omitted effort. For women, the negative relation between housework and wages appears in most occupations, including professional and managerial occupations. The connection of housework time to the 'lack of interest' argument proposed by defendants in class action sex discrimination cases is examined and is not supported by the evidence.

Keywords: home production, housework, time use, wage differentials, lack of interest

JEL Classification: D13, J22, J31

Suggested Citation

Hersch, Joni, Home Production and Wages: Evidence from the American Time Use Survey. Review of Economics of the Household, Forthcoming, Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 09-03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1327048

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