Intra-Household Work Timing: The Effect on Joint Activities and the Demand for Child Care
AbstractThis 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 effect is more pronounced the younger the children. We find evidence for a togetherness preference of spouses, but only for childless couples. Work timing also influences the joint time that is spent on household chores, 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5636.
Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Other versions of this item:
- Chris Van Klaveren & Henriette Maassen van den Brink & Bernard M.S. Van Praag, 2011. "Intra-Household Work Timing: The Effect on Joint Activities and the Demand for Child Care," CESifo Working Paper Series 3442, CESifo Group Munich.
- Van Klaveren, C & Maassen van den Brink, H. & Van Praag, B., 2009. "Intra-Household Work Timing: The Effect on Joint Activities and the Demand for Child Care," Working Papers 27, Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research.
- Chris van Klaveren & Henriette Maassen van den Brink & Bernard M.S. van Praag, 2011. "Intra-Household Work Timing: The Effect on Joint Activities and the Demand for Child Care," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 11-065/3, Tinbergen Institute.
- D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
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- NEP-ALL-2011-04-23 (All new papers)
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