Non-Market Time and Household Well-Being
39 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2005
Date Written: June 17, 2005
A distinguishing feature among households is whether adult members work or not, since the employment status affects a household's available time for home activities. Using a survey method in two countries, Belgium and Germany, we provide household incomes that retain the level of well-being across different family types, distinguished by family size and employment status of adults. Our tests support that specialization in home production and childcare-time costs are important determinants of household well-being. Estimates of child costs relative to an adult are higher for households that are time-constrained (all adults in the household work), and also higher for poorer households.
Keywords: household production, child costs, childcare, survey method
JEL Classification: D13, J22, C42, D31, I31
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