Stressed Out on Four Continents: Time Crunch or Yuppie Kvetch?

43 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2003 Last revised: 7 Jan 2004

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Daniel S. Hamermesh

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jungmin Lee

FIU; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: December 2003

Abstract

Social commentators have pointed to problems of women workers who face time stress' an absence of sufficient time to accomplish all their tasks. An economic theory views time stress as reflecting how tightly the time constraint binds households. Time stress will be more prevalent in households with higher incomes and whose members work longer in the market or on required' homework. Evidence from Australia, Canada, Germany, Korea and the United States corroborates this view. Adults in higher-income households perceive more time stress for the same amount of time spent in market work and household work. The importance of higher full incomes in generating time stress is not small, particularly in North America much is yuppie kvetch.' While time stress is most prevalent among working wives, a decomposition suggests that women would perceive more time stress than men even if both worked the same number of hours in the market and at home.

Suggested Citation

Hamermesh, Daniel S. and Lee, Jungmin, Stressed Out on Four Continents: Time Crunch or Yuppie Kvetch? (December 2003). NBER Working Paper No. w10186. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=481457

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