Does Time to Work Limit Time to Play?: Estimating a Time Allocation Model for High School Students by Household Socioeconomic Status
23 Pages Posted: 26 May 2016 Last revised: 23 Sep 2018
Date Written: September 10, 2018
We use data from the 2003-2014 American Time Use Survey to estimate substitution between working and extracurricular time for high school students, which may have long-run educational and labor market consequences. We find that working students are five p.p. less likely to participate in extracurricular activities and spend 40 minutes less on extracurriculars per day. We estimate heterogeneous effects by socioeconomic indicators to test whether disadvantaged students are more or less likely to substitute time away from extracurriculars. We find the largest interaction effects by paternal education, where working students with low paternal education are 0.5 p.p. more likely to engage in extracurriculars and increase extracurriculars by 15 minutes per day.
JEL Classification: I2, J22, J24
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