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Intra-household Work Time Synchronization

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  • Chris van Klaveren

    (University of Amsterdam - SCHOLAR)

  • Henriette Maassen van den Brink

    (University of Amsterdam - SCHOLAR)

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If partners derive utility from joint leisure time, it is expected that they will coordinate their work schedules in order to increase the amount of joint leisure time. This paper tries to answer three questions using a new matching procedure where couples are matched to other couples. (1) Do partners coordinate their work schedules and does this result in work time synchronization, (2) which partners synchronize more work hours, and (3) is there a preference for togetherness. We find that (1) coordination results in more synchronized work hours. (2) the presence of children is the main cause why some partners synchronize their work times less than other couples, and (3) partners coordinate their work schedules in order to have more joint leisure time, which is evidence for togetherness preferences.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Labor and Demography with number 0504005.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 13 Apr 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:0504005

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  1. Jay Stewart, 2009. "The Timing of Maternal Work and Time with Children," Working Papers 425, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  2. 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.

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