The Influence of Wages on Parents' Allocations of Time to Child Care and Market Work in the United Kingdom

31 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2006

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Charlene M. Kalenkoski

Texas Tech University

David Ribar

George Washington University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Leslie S. Stratton

Virginia Commonwealth University - School of Business - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: November 2006

Abstract

We use time-diary data on couples with children from the 2000 United Kingdom Time Use Survey to examine the impacts of own and partner's wages on parents' provision of child care and market work on weekdays and on weekends and holidays. We find that increases in partners' wages increase women's primary care on all days and decrease their market work on weekdays, while increases in women's own wages increase their market work on weekdays. In contrast, men's time use is only responsive to their own wage on weekend days, when they reduce their market time and increase their primary child care time in response to higher wages.

Keywords: time use, child care, wages

JEL Classification: J1, J2

Suggested Citation

Kalenkoski, Charlene M. and Ribar, David C. and Stratton, Leslie S., The Influence of Wages on Parents' Allocations of Time to Child Care and Market Work in the United Kingdom (November 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2436. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=947456

Charlene M. Kalenkoski

Texas Tech University ( email )

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David C. Ribar (Contact Author)

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Leslie S. Stratton

Virginia Commonwealth University - School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

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