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Simultaneous Uses of Time in Household Production


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  • Williams, Ross
  • Donath, Sue


A household production function is developed that allows for persons to be engaged in more than one activity at a point in time. Labor inputs are scaled back when two activities are being undertaken. Data from the 1987 Australian Time Use Survey is used to estimate equations explaining input hours into home production by adult members of the household. One implication of the empirical results is that, when two activities are being undertaken simultaneously, input hours on the activity coded as 'primary" and the input hours on the activity coded as 'secondary' should each have a weight of one-half. Copyright 1994 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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Article provided by International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in its journal Review of Income & Wealth.

Volume (Year): 40 (1994)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 433-56

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Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:40:y:1994:i:4:p:433-56

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  1. Gudrun Biffl, 2003. "The Household Labour Supply and the Labour Market of the Future," WIFO Working Papers, WIFO 193, WIFO.
  2. Anzelika Zaiceva & Klaus Zimmermann, 2011. "Do ethnic minorities “stretch” their time? UK household evidence on multitasking," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, Springer, vol. 9(2), pages 181-206, June.
  3. Mullan, Killian, 2006. "Quantifying parental childcare in the United Kingdom," ISER Working Paper Series 2006-49, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  4. David Johnson & Guyonne Kalb, 2002. "Economic Analyses of Families: Existing Research Findings," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne wp2002n27, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
  5. Anzelika Zaiceva & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2010. "Do Ethnic Minorities "Stretch" Their Time?: Evidence from the UK Time Use Survey," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 999, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.


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