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Measuring Housework in Time Use Surveys

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  • W. Keith Bryant

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  • Hyojin Kang
  • Cathleen D. Zick
  • Anna Y. Chan

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A methodology is devised to decompose the error in the measurement of housework time in surveys. Using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and the Americans' Use of Time Survey, we estimate that a telephone (mail) survey rather than an interview survey leads to a mean underestimation of 60 (30) min/week for women and 18 (13) min for men. We also find that the errors created by using a narrow definition of housework leads to an underestimation of between 10 and 12 h/week for both men and women in the PSID.

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  • W. Keith Bryant & Hyojin Kang & Cathleen D. Zick & Anna Y. Chan, 2004. "Measuring Housework in Time Use Surveys," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 2(1), pages 23-47, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:2:y:2004:i:1:p:23-47
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    1. Nabanita Datta Gupta & Leslie Stratton, 2010. "Examining the impact of alternative power measures on individual time use in American and Danish couple households," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 8(3), pages 325-343, September.
    2. Frick, Joachim R. & Grabka, Markus M. & Groh-Samberg, Olaf, 2012. "The Impact of Home Production on Economic Inequality in Germany," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 1143-1169.
    3. Young-Sook Eom & Douglas Larson, 2006. "Valuing housework time from willingness to spend time and money for environmental quality improvements," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 4(3), pages 205-227, September.
    4. Cathleen Zick & W. Bryant & Sivithee Srisukhumbowornchai, 2008. "Does housework matter anymore? The shifting impact of housework on economic inequality," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 6(1), pages 1-28, March.

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