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Do Ethnic Minorities "Stretch" Their Time? Evidence from the UK Time Use Survey

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  • Zaiceva, Anzelika

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    (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.

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    (IZA and University of Bonn)

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This paper investigates the effect of ethnicity on time spent on overlapped household production, work and leisure activities employing the 2000-2001 UK Time Use Survey. We find that, unconditionally, white females manage to "stretch" their time the most by an additional 233 minutes per day and non-white men "stretch" their time the least. The three secondary activities that are most often combined with other (primary) activities in terms of time spent on them are social activities including resting, passive leisure and childcare. Regression results indicate that non-white ethnic minorities engage less in multitasking than whites, with Pakistani and Bangladeshi males spending the least time. The gap is present for both ethnic minority males and females, although females in general engage more in multitasking. The effect is also heterogeneous across different sub-groups. We then discuss several potential interpretations and investigate whether these differences in behavior may also relate to opportunity costs of non-market time, different preferences and tastes of ethnic minorities, integration experience, family composition, household productivity and other.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4910.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2010
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  1. Daniel S. Hamermesh & Stephen J. Trejo, 2010. "How Do Immigrants Spend Time?: The Process of Assimilation," NBER Working Papers 16430, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Daniel Hamermesh & Stephen Trejo, 2013. "How do immigrants spend their time? The process of assimilation," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 26(2), pages 507-530, April.

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