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Time to Work or Time to Play: The Effect of Student Employment on Homework, Housework, Screen Time, and Sleep

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  • Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia

    () (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Charlene Marie Kalenkoski

    () (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Abstract

Recent research suggests that working while in high school reduces the amount of time students spend doing homework. However, an additional hour of work leads to a reduction in homework by much less than one hour, suggesting a reduction in other activities. This paper uses data from the 2003-2007 American Time Use Surveys (ATUS) to investigate the effects of market work on the time students spend on homework, sleeping, household work, and screen time. Results show that an increase in paid work reduces time spent in all of these activities by 84%, with the largest effect found for screen time.

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  • Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia & Charlene Marie Kalenkoski, 2009. "Time to Work or Time to Play: The Effect of Student Employment on Homework, Housework, Screen Time, and Sleep," Working Papers 423, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Handle: RePEc:bls:wpaper:ec090010
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    1. Angus Holford, 2015. "The labour supply effect of Education Maintenance Allowance and its implications for parental altruism," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 13(3), pages 531-568, September.
    2. Charlene M. Kalenkoski & David C. Ribar & Leslie S. Stratton, 2009. "How do Adolescents Spell Time Use?," Working Papers 0904, VCU School of Business, Department of Economics.
    3. Rokicka, Magdalena, 2014. "The impact of students' part-time work on educational outcomes," ISER Working Paper Series 2014-42, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
    4. Seung-Eun Cha & Ki-Soo Eun, 2014. "Gender Difference in Sleep Problems: Focused on Time Use in Daily Life of Korea," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 119(3), pages 1447-1465, December.

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    Keywords

    teenagers; time allocation; homework; screen time; sleep;

    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
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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