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Comportements d’utilisation du temps non marchand des familles au Québec et au Canada : une modélisation sur les microdonnées du budget-temps de 1986 et de 1992


  • Lefebvre, Pierre

    (Département des sciences économiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)

  • Merrigan, Philip

    (Département des sciences économiques, Université du Québec à Montréal)


This paper analyses non-market time uses by two-parent families with at least one child aged less than 18 years, and the sharing of parental and domestic tasks between men and women. The analysis is based on data from Statistic Canada's 1986 and 1992 Surveys on the Use of Time by Canadians. The econometric model examines the determinants of time dedicated directly and indirectly by parents to their children. The empirical analysis also studies differences between Quebec and the Rest of Canada in the uses of time. The statistical results suggest that age and number of children, parent's education and their labour market status are the main factors of time allowed to different non-market activities for each gender. The study shows that parents invest much non-market time in their children when they are young, which has some implications for a public policy supportive of families. Cette étude analyse les comportements d’utilisation du temps non marchand dans les familles biparentales avec au moins un enfant âgé de 18 ans ou moins ainsi que le partage des tâches parentales et domestiques entre les hommes et les femmes. Elle s’appuie sur les microdonnées de l’Enquête sociale générale, réalisée par Statistique Canada, portant sur l’emploi du temps des Canadiens et des Canadiennes en 1986 et en 1992. La modélisation économétrique porte sur les facteurs qui expliquent le temps consacré par les parents directement et indirectement à leur(s) enfant(s). L’analyse examine également les différences d’utilisation du temps entre le Québec et le reste du Canada. Il ressort des résultats de l’analyse statistique que l’âge et le nombre d’enfants, le niveau de scolarité des parents et leur statut sur le marché du travail sont des déterminants importants du temps consacré à différentes activités non marchandes selon le sexe. L’étude montre que les parents investissent beaucoup de temps dans les enfants lorsque ceux-ci sont jeunes, ce qui n’est pas sans implications sur la politique publique de soutien aux familles.

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  • Lefebvre, Pierre & Merrigan, Philip, 1999. "Comportements d’utilisation du temps non marchand des familles au Québec et au Canada : une modélisation sur les microdonnées du budget-temps de 1986 et de 1992," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 75(4), pages 625-663, décembre.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:actuec:v:75:y:1999:i:4:p:625-663

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    1. Gustafsson, Bjorn & Kjulin, Urban, 1994. "Time Use in Child Care and Housework and the Total Cost of Children," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 7(3), pages 287-306, July.
    2. Kooreman, Peter & Kapteyn, Arie, 1987. "A Disaggregated Analysis of the Allocation of Time within the Household," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 95(2), pages 223-249, April.
    3. Roderic Beaujot, 1997. "Parental Preferences for Work and Childcare," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 23(3), pages 275-288, September.
    4. Juster, F Thomas & Stafford, Frank P, 1991. "The Allocation of Time: Empirical Findings, Behavioral Models, and Problems of Measurement," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 29(2), pages 471-522, June.
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    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor


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