The Multitasking of Household Production

38 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2010

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Charlene M. Kalenkoski

Texas Tech University

Gigi Foster

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics

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The standard household production model does not incorporate multitasking, although time-diary data reveal that individuals regularly multitask. 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 modelï¾’s predictions, household productivity factors are associated both with child outcomes and parental time use.

Keywords: multitasking, child care, household production

JEL Classification: D13, J13

Suggested Citation

Kalenkoski, Charlene M. and Foster, Gigi, The Multitasking of Household Production. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4845. Available at SSRN:

Charlene M. Kalenkoski (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University ( email )

2500 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

Gigi Foster

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics ( email )

High Street
Sydney, NSW 2052

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