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Intra-Household Work Timing: The Effect on Joint Activities and the Demand for Child Care


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  • Chris van Klaveren

    (TIER, Maastricht University)

  • Henriette Maassen van den Brink

    (TIER, Maastricht University, and University of Amsterdam)

  • Bernard M.S. van Praag

    (University of Amsterdam)


This study examines if couples time their work hours and how this work timing influences child care demand and the time that spouses jointly spend on leisure, household chores and child care. By using a innovative matching strategy, this studies identifies the timing of work hours that cannot be explained by factors other than the partners' potential to communicate on the timing of their work.The main findings are that couples with children create less overlap in their work times and this effectis more pronounced the younger the children. We find evidence for a togetherness preference of spouses,but only for childless couples. Work timing also inuences the joint time that is spent on householdchores, but the effect is small. Finally, work timing behavior affects the demand for informal child care,but not the demand for formal child care.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 11-065/3.

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Date of creation: 12 Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20110065

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Keywords: Labor supply; Work timing; Time allocation;

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  1. Del Boca, Daniela & Vuri, Daniela, 2005. "Labor Supply and Child Care Costs: The Effect of Rationing," IZA Discussion Papers 1779, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Chris Klaveren & Henriette Brink, 2007. "Intra-household work time synchronization," Social Indicators Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 84(1), pages 39-52, October.
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