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Intra-household Work Time Synchronization: Togetherness or Material Benefits?

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  • Chris van Klaveren

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    (Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, Universiteit van Amsterdam)

  • Henri�tte Maassen van den Brink

    (Faculty of Economics and Econometrics, Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Abstract

If partners derive utility from joint leisure time, it is expected that they will coordinate their work schedules in order to increase the amount of joint leisure. In order to control for differences in constraints and selection effects, this paper uses a new matching procedure, providing answers to the following questions: (1) Do partners coordinate their work schedules and does this result in work time synchronization?; (2) which partners synchronize more work hours?; and (3) is there a preference for togetherness? We find that coordination results in more synchronized work hours. The presence of children in the household is the main cause why some partners synchronize their work times less than other partners. Finally, partners coordinate their work schedules in order to have more joint leisure time, which is evidence for togetherness preferences.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 05-095/3.

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Date of creation: 19 Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20050095

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Keywords: Time Allocation; Leisure Time; Togetherness; Work Hours;

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