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Intra-household work time synchronization

  • Chris Klaveren

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  • Henriette Brink

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If partners derive utility from joint leisure time, it is expected that they will coordinate their work schedules in order to increase the amount of joint leisure time. This paper tries to answer three questions using a new matching procedure where couples are matched to other couples. (1) Do partners coordinate their work schedules and does this result in work time synchronization, (2) which partners synchronize more work hours, and (3) is there a preference for togetherness. We find that (1) coordination results in more synchronized work hours. (2) the presence of children is the main cause why some partners synchronize their work times less than other couples, and (3) partners coordinate their work schedules in order to have more joint leisure time, which is evidence for togetherness preferences.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Social Indicators Research.

Volume (Year): 84 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 39-52

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