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Families, Time, and Well-Being in Canada

  • Peter Burton
  • Shelley Phipps

We study changes in time and money available to families with children from 1971 to 2006. Increases in incomes at the top of the Canadian income distribution since the mid-1990s have taken place without any significant increases in total family hours of paid work. On the other hand, for families in the middle of the income distribution, family income has stagnated, despite the fact that parents jointly supply significantly higher hours of paid work. If both time and money are valuable resources for the production of well-being for family members, these findings suggest that inequality in well-being has increased even more than inequality of income.

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Volume (Year): 37 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 395-423

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