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Valuing housework time from willingness to spend time and money for environmental quality improvements

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  • Young-Sook Eom
  • Douglas Larson

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We develop a new approach to assessing the value of home production time based on willingness to spend time and money to obtain environmental improvements. When peoples’ choice is constrained by time as well as money, measures of willingness to pay can be defined with respect to either numeraire. In a model that explicitly allows for multiple shadow values of time, we show that the willingness to pay time and money measures are linked through the value of saving time. With survey information on peoples’ willingness to spend additional time on housework activities, as well as pay money, to obtain environmental quality improvements, joint estimation within a utility-consistent structure produces estimates of both willingness to pay and the value of saving housework time. From the value of saving housework time, the marginal value of housework time can be readily identified. When applied to Korean households’ valuation of water quality improvements in the Man Kyoung River, we find that the value of housework time is 70–80% of the market wage. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:4:y:2006:i:3:p:205-227
    DOI: 10.1007/s11150-006-0008-1
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    Keywords

    Household production; Value of time; Housework time; Nonmarket valuation; Contingent valuation; D1; H4; Q26;

    JEL classification:

    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
    • Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources

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