Intrahousehold Time Allocation: An Impact Evaluation of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

21 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2015

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Gustavo J. Canavire-Bacarreza

World Bank; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Monica Ospina

Universidad EAFIT - School of Economics and Finance - Center for Research in Economic & Finance (CIEF)

Date Written: August 15, 2015

Abstract

This paper argues that exogenous changes in household income alter the allocation of time within the family. To examine this issue, we propose a theoretical framework that is an extension of the unitary model of intra-household time allocation where conditional cash transfers are received by the household and we test it empirically using non-parametric techniques. This allows us to study the effects of an exogenous shock, such as a conditional cash transfer program, on time allocated to various activities such as work, domestic labor, leisure, and school for children and adults. Using the exogenous change of a conditional cash transfer program in Colombia, "Familias en Accion", we find significant positive effects on work time as well as on leisure and school for children and smaller effects on adult schooling and domestic labor, which support our hypothesis. These results are crucial to fully understand other direct and indirect effects of the program.

Keywords: impact evaluation, conditional cash transfer, time use, intra-household time allocation

JEL Classification: D13, J22, C21

Suggested Citation

Canavire Bacarreza, Gustavo Javier and Ospina, Monica, Intrahousehold Time Allocation: An Impact Evaluation of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs (August 15, 2015). Center for Research in Economics and Finance (CIEF), Working Papers, No. 15-17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2645096 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2645096

Gustavo Javier Canavire Bacarreza (Contact Author)

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Monica Ospina

Universidad EAFIT - School of Economics and Finance - Center for Research in Economic & Finance (CIEF) ( email )

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Bogotá
Colombia

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