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Time Cost of Children as Parents' Foregone Leisure

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  • Olivia Ekert-Jaffé
  • Shoshana Grossbard

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From the 1998-99 French Insee time use survey, the time cost of children is estimated in terms of hours of foregone leisure. The focus on couples with two spouses working full time implies no need to be concerned about substitution between home production and labor supply. The model accounts for selection into full-time employment, endogenous wages, and controls for outside help with home production and child care. The foregone leisure cost per child under the age of 3 is 1.6 hours for each parent. It is about half that size for children aged 3 to 14. Children over age 14 involve no leisure cost to parents.

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  • Olivia Ekert-Jaffé & Shoshana Grossbard, 2015. "Time Cost of Children as Parents' Foregone Leisure," Mathematical Population Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(2), pages 80-100, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:mpopst:v:22:y:2015:i:2:p:80-100
    DOI: 10.1080/08898480.2013.836332
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    1. Shoshana Grossbard & Sankar Mukhopadhyay, 2013. "Children, spousal love, and happiness: an economic analysis," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 447-467, September.

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    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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