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Measuring the Relative Productivity of Multitasking to Sole-tasking in Household Production: New Experimental Evidence

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  • Foster, Gigi

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    (University of New South Wales)

  • Kalenkoski, Charlene M.

    ()
    (Texas Tech University)

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We present a household production model that incorporates multitasking and results from a customized experiment designed to measure the individual-specific productivity parameters from this model. We observe these productivity parameters under alternative incentive scenarios, designed to mimic changes in the relative utility payoffs to the two tasks. Using information on demographic and other characteristics collected through an on-screen survey taken by our experimental participants, we examine the correlates of individuals' sole-tasking and multitasking performance. Finally, we provide the literature's first measures of the own- and cross-price elasticities of household task supply in a multitasking context.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6763.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6763

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Keywords: experiment; household production; child care; time use; productivity measures;

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  1. Nancy Folbre & Jayoung Yoon, 2007. "What is child care? Lessons from time-use surveys of major English-speaking countries," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, Springer, vol. 5(3), pages 223-248, September.
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