The Multitasking of Household Production

36 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2010

See all articles by Charlene M. Kalenkoski

Charlene M. Kalenkoski

Texas Tech University

Gigi Foster

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics

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Date Written: February 8, 2010

Abstract

The standard household production model does not incorporate multitasking, although time-diary data reveal that individuals regularly multi-task. We formulate a model where time spent in child care can be sole-tasked or multitasked with other household production activities. This model implies associations between household productivity factors and both child outcomes and parental time use. We then use data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and the Australian Time Use Surveys to examine the empirical validity of these implications. Consistent with our model's predictions, household productivity factors are associated both with child outcomes and parental time use.

JEL Classification: D13, J13

Suggested Citation

Kalenkoski, Charlene M. and Foster, Gigi, The Multitasking of Household Production (February 8, 2010). UNSW Australian School of Business Research Paper No. 2010 ECON 02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1549567 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1549567

Charlene M. Kalenkoski

Texas Tech University ( email )

2500 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

Gigi Foster (Contact Author)

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics ( email )

High Street
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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