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Non-Market Time and Household Well-Being

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A distinguishing feature among households is whether adult members work or not, since the employment status a?ects a household’s available time for home activities. Using a survey method in two countries, Belgium and Germany, we provide household incomes that retain the level of well-being across di?erent family types, distinguished by family size and employment status of adults. Our tests support that specialization in home production and childcare-time costs are important determinants of household well-being. Estimates of child costs relative to an adult are higher for households that are time-constrained (all adults in the household work), and also higher for poorer households.

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Paper provided by University of Vienna, Department of Economics in its series Vienna Economics Papers with number 0507.

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