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The Time-crunch Paradox

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  • Almudena Sevilla-Sanz
  • Jose Ignacio Gimenez-Nadal

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Previous research has shown little difference in the average leisure time of men and women.� This finding is a challenge to the second shift argument, which suggests that increases in female labor market hours have not been compensated by equal decreases in household labor.� This paper presents time-use and leisure satisfaction data for a variety of western European countries, and shows that accounting for individual heterogeneity is vital for understanding gender differences.� In particular, working mothers have leisure levels that are much lower than those of working fathers and singles.� Working mothers are also most likely to report the least satisfaction with free time.� Finding that time stress and leisure time are positively correlated within socio-demographic groups suggests that the second shift argument is still valid, and that feelings of time stress are indeed associated with the lack of leisure time.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number 483.

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Keywords: Second shift; Work-life balance; Time use; Leisure satisfaction;

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  1. J. Gimenez-Nadal & Jose Molina, 2013. "Parents’ education as a determinant of educational childcare time," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 26(2), pages 719-749, April.
  2. J. Gimenez-Nadal & Jose Molina, 2014. "Regional unemployment, gender, and time allocation of the unemployed," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 105-127, March.
  3. José Ignacio Gimenez-Nadal & José Alberto Molina & Raquel Ortega, 2010. "Unemployment and Time Use: Evidence from the Spanish Time Use Survey," Documentos de Trabajo dt2010-02, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad de Zaragoza.

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