How Do Adolescents Spell Time Use?

50 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2009

See all articles by Charlene M. Kalenkoski

Charlene M. Kalenkoski

Texas Tech University

David Ribar

George Washington University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Leslie S. Stratton

Virginia Commonwealth University - School of Business - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

We investigate how household disadvantage affects the time use of 15-18 year-olds using 2003-2006 data from the American Time Use Survey. Applying competing-risk hazard models, we distinguish between the incidence and duration of activities and incorporate the daily time constraint. We find that teens living in disadvantaged households spend less time in non-classroom schooling activities than other teens. Girls spend some of this time in work activities, suggesting they are taking on adult roles. However we find more evidence of substitution into unsupervised activities, suggesting that it may be less structured environments that reduce educational investment.

Keywords: event history models, adolescence, time use

JEL Classification: J22, J22, J13

Suggested Citation

Kalenkoski, Charlene M. and Ribar, David C. and Stratton, Leslie S., How Do Adolescents Spell Time Use?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4374. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1472566

Charlene M. Kalenkoski

Texas Tech University ( email )

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David C. Ribar (Contact Author)

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Leslie S. Stratton

Virginia Commonwealth University - School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

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