Home Hours in the United States and Europe
57 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2015
Date Written: June 1, 2014
Using data from the Multinational Time Use Study, this paper documents the trends and levels of time allocation, with a focus on home hours, for a relatively large set of industrialized countries during the past 50 years. Three patterns emerge. First, home hours have decreased in both the United States and European countries. Second, female time allocation contributes more to the cross-country difference in both the trends and the levels of market hours and home hours per person. Third, time allocations between the United States and Europe are more similar for the prime-age group than for the young and old groups.
Keywords: time use, home hours, sex, age
JEL Classification: J22, D13
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