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Working in the Market, Working at Home, and the Acquisition of Skills: A General-Equilibrium Approach

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  • Rios-Rull, Jose-Victor

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Over time, productivity and education have increased, while hours worked have not. Cross-sectionally, higher-wage individuals have more schooling, more hours worked in the market, fewer hours worked at home, and a lower variance of market hours. Over the life cycle, older individuals have higher wages, more hours worked both in the market and at home, a lower variance of market hours, and almost the same amount of education as younger agents. These and other facts are documented, and a simple overlapping-generations model with skill acquisition and home production that delivers most of these properties is constructed. Copyright 1993 by American Economic Association.

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  • Rios-Rull, Jose-Victor, 1993. "Working in the Market, Working at Home, and the Acquisition of Skills: A General-Equilibrium Approach," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 83(4), pages 893-907, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:83:y:1993:i:4:p:893-907
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