Intra-Household Work Timing: The Effect on Joint Activities and the Demand for Child Care

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 11-065/3

39 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2011

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Chris van Klaveren

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)

Henriette Maassen van den Brink

University of Amsterdam

B.M.S. van Praag

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: April 12, 2011

Abstract

This study examines if couples time their work hours and how this work timing influences child care demand and the time that spouses jointly spend on leisure, household chores and child care. By using a innovative matching strategy, this studies identifies the timing of work hours that cannot be explained by factors other than the partners' potential to communicate on the timing of their work.

The main findings are that couples with children create less overlap in their work times and this effect is more pronounced the younger the children. We find evidence for a togetherness preference of spouses, but only for childless couples. Work timing also in influences the joint time that is spent on household chores, but the effect is small. Finally, work timing behavior affects the demand for informal child care, but not the demand for formal child care.

Keywords: Labor supply, Work timing, Time allocation

JEL Classification: D13, I31, J12, J22

Suggested Citation

Klaveren, Chris van and Maassen van den Brink, Henriette and van Praag, Bernard, Intra-Household Work Timing: The Effect on Joint Activities and the Demand for Child Care (April 12, 2011). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 11-065/3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1809651 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1809651

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Bernard Van Praag

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