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The allocation and value of time assigned to housework and child-care: An analysis for Switzerland

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  • Alfonso Sousa-Poza

    ()
    (Department of Economics and Research Institute for Labour Economics and Labour Law at the University of St. Gallen, Guisanstrasse 92, CH-9010 St. Gallen, Switzerland)

  • Hans Schmid

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    (Department of Economics and Research Institute for Labour Economics and Labour Law at the University of St. Gallen, Guisanstrasse 92, CH-9010 St. Gallen, Switzerland)

  • Rolf Widmer

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    (Department of Economics and Research Institute for Labour Economics and Labour Law at the University of St. Gallen, Guisanstrasse 92, CH-9010 St. Gallen, Switzerland)

Abstract

In this paper, data from the 1997 Swiss Labour Force Survey are used to analyse the allocation and value of time assigned to housework and child-care. It is shown that men's allocation of time to housework and child-care is largely invariant to changes in socio-economic factors. Women's allocation of time to housework and child-care, on the other hand, is shown to depend on several social, economic, and demographic factors. The value of time assigned to housework and child-care is calculated with two market replacement cost methods and three opportunity cost methods. The results show that the value of time assigned to housework and child-care ranges from 27% to 39% and from 5% to 8% of GDP (in 1997), respectively. The value of time assigned to housework and child-care is also calculated for different household structures.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

Volume (Year): 14 (2001)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 599-618

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:14:y:2001:i:4:p:599-618

Note: Received: 15 April 1999/Accepted: 5 May 2000
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Keywords: Time allocation; child-care; household production;

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  3. Carla Canelas & Silvia Salazar, 2014. "Gender and Ethnicity in Bolivia, Ecuador and Guatemala," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 14021, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
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  9. Fred Henneberger & Alfonso Sousa-Poza & Alexandre Ziegler, 2006. "Arbeit auf Abruf und Arbeitsmarktdynamik in der Schweiz: Evaluation eines (weitgehend) nicht regulierten Beschäftigungsverhältnisses," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 142(I), pages 39-78, March.
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  11. Aniela Wirz, 2004. "To my Wife, with Love! Does Within-household Specialisation Explain Husbands' Better Job-education-match?," KOF Working papers 04-93, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
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  14. Heikkilä, Anni & Piekkola, Hannu, 2003. "Economic Inequality and Household Production - The Effects of Specialization of Genders," Discussion Papers 867, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.

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