An Empirical Analysis Of The Time Allocation Of Italian Couples: Are Italian Men Irresponsive?
AbstractThis paper analyzes the time allocation of Italian spouses to paid work, childcare and household work. The literature suggests that Italian husbands contribute the least to unpaid household work, relative to other European countries, while Italian women have the lowest market employment rates. We model the three different time uses simultaneously for the two spouses within each household, allowing for corner solutions and correlations in the unobservables across the system of six equations. To estimate the model we use data drawn from the 2002-03 Italian Time Use Survey, combined with earnings information taken from the 2002 Bank of Italy Survey. We conclude that Italian husbands’ time allocation responds to their wife’s attributes: in particular, husbands’ housework time increases with the wage of their wife. On the contrary, the own wage effect is significantly negative for housework of women. Childcare time of fathers increases with own wage and with the presence of small children and this is true both for weekdays and weekends.
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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2008
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Female Labor Supply; Fertility; Discrete Choice; Classification Error; Simulated Maximum Likelihood;
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- Bloemen, Hans & Pasqua, Silvia & Stancanelli, Elena G. F., 2008. "An Empirical Analysis of the Time Allocation of Italian Couples: Are Italian Men Irresponsive?," IZA Discussion Papers 3823, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- Hans G. Bloemen & Elena G.F. Stancanelli, 2008. "An Empirical Analysis of the Time Allocation of Italian Couples: Are Italian Men Irresponsive?," THEMA Working Papers 2008-30, THEMA (THéorie Economique, Modélisation et Applications), Université de Cergy-Pontoise.
- D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
- D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
- J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-04-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-DCM-2009-04-13 (Discrete Choice Models)
- NEP-LAB-2009-04-13 (Labour Economics)
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