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Intra-family time allocation to housework - French evidence

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  • Dominique Anxo

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    (Department of Economics, Centre for European Labour Market Studies (CELMS))

  • Paul Carlin

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    (Department of Economics, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI))

Abstract

We analyse new time diary data from France to explore the relationship between economic variables and husbands’ share of housework time. Consistent with both bargaining and specialization models of the family, we find that the greater the husband’s share of labor income, the lower his share of housework time; the greater the wife’s market hours, the lower his housework time, but the larger his share of housework time. Treating market work as endogenous substantially lowers the size of these estimates, but they remain statistically significant. A parsimonious specification based on the specialization model generates estimates for housework share wage elasticities. The own wage elasticity of wives’ housework is -0.3 and the elasticity of husbands’ housework share with respect to wives’ wages is +0.25.

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Article provided by Research Institute on Professions (Forschungsinstitut Freie Berufe (FFB)) and The International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR) in its journal electronic International Journal of Time Use Research.

Volume (Year): 1 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (August)
Pages: 14-36

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Handle: RePEc:leu:journl:2004:vol1:p14-36

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Keywords: Time allocation; intra-family; time use; home production; bargaining; elasticities;

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  1. Lyn Craig, 2006. "Where Do They Find the Time?: An Analysis of How Parents Shift and Squeeze Their Time around Work and Child Care," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_439, Levy Economics Institute.
  2. Joachim Merz, 2009. "Time Use and Time Budge. Improvements, Future Challenges and Recommendations," Working Paper Series of the German Council for Social and Economic Data 85, German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD).
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  4. Moser, Anke, 2009. "Determinanten der Zeitverwendung für Ernährung in Deutschland: eine ökonometrische Analyse mit Zeitbudgetdaten," German Journal of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Department for Agricultural Economics, vol. 58(3).
  5. Lyn Craig, 2007. "How Employed Mothers in Australia Find Time for Both Market Work and Childcare," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 28(1), pages 69-87, March.
  6. Vivien Procher & Nolan Ritter & Colin Vance, 2014. "Making dough or baking dough? Spousal housework responsibilities in Germany, 1992-2011," Schumpeter Discussion Papers SDP14004, Universitätsbibliothek Wuppertal, University Library.
  7. Catherine Sofer & Sayyid Salman Rizavi, 2009. "Women's relative position and the division of household work: A study of French couples," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00687280, HAL.
  8. Wencke Gwozdz & Alfonso Sousa-Poza, 2010. "Explaining Gender Differences in Housework Time in Germany," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 33(2), pages 183-200, June.
  9. Ericson, Thomas, 2008. "Equalization of paid working hours in the dual-earner household: Does it increase women’s double burden?," Working Papers in Economics 291, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  10. Ettore Scappini, 2010. "Daily diaries in time use surveys. A solution to overcome measurement problems in single-activity events with long characteristic rhythms," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 44(5), pages 915-939, August.
  11. Xu, Zeyu, 2007. "A survey on intra-household models and evidence," MPRA Paper 3763, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  12. Fontana, Marzia, 2003. "Modeling the effects of trade on women at work and at home," TMD discussion papers 110, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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