Measuring the Relative Productivity of Multitasking to Sole-Tasking in Household Production: New Experimental Evidence

38 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012

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Gigi Foster

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics

Charlene M. Kalenkoski

Texas Tech University

Abstract

We present a household production model that incorporates multitasking and results from a customized experiment designed to measure the individual-specific productivity parameters from this model. We observe these productivity parameters under alternative incentive scenarios, designed to mimic changes in the relative utility payoffs to the two tasks. Using information on demographic and other characteristics collected through an on-screen survey taken by our experimental participants, we examine the correlates of individuals' sole-tasking and multitasking performance. Finally, we provide the literature's first measures of the own- and cross-price elasticities of household task supply in a multitasking context.

Keywords: experiment, household production, child care, time use, productivity measures

JEL Classification: D13, C91

Suggested Citation

Foster, Gigi and Kalenkoski, Charlene M., Measuring the Relative Productivity of Multitasking to Sole-Tasking in Household Production: New Experimental Evidence. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6763. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2157905

Gigi Foster (Contact Author)

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics ( email )

High Street
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Charlene M. Kalenkoski

Texas Tech University ( email )

2500 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

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