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Identification and estimation of a class of household production models

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  • Marcel Kerkhofs

    (Institute for Labour Studies, Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

  • Peter Kooreman

    (Department of Economics, University of Groningen, POB 800, 9700 AV Groningen, The Netherlands)

Abstract

We consider a class of household production models characterized by a dichotomy property. In these models the amount of time spent on household production does not depend on the household utility function, conditional on household members having a paid job. We analyse the (non-parametric) identifiability of the production function and the so-called jointness function (a function describing which part of household production time is counted as pure leisure). It is shown that the models are identified in the two-adult case, but not in the single-adult case. We present an empirical application to Swedish time-allocation data. The estimates satisfy regularity conditions that were violated in previous studies and pass various specification tests. For this data set we find that male and female home production time are q-substitutes. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Marcel Kerkhofs & Peter Kooreman, 2003. "Identification and estimation of a class of household production models," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(3), pages 337-369.
  • Handle: RePEc:jae:japmet:v:18:y:2003:i:3:p:337-369
    DOI: 10.1002/jae.706
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    1. Sam Allgood, 2009. "The Collective Household, Household Production and Efficiency of Marginal Reforms," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 11(5), pages 749-771, October.
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