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Trends in hours and economic growth

  • L. Rachel Ngai
  • Christopher Pissarides

We study substitutions between home and market production over long periods of time. We use the results to get predictions about long-run trends in aggregate market hours of work and about employment shifts across economic sectors, driven by uneven TFP growth in market and home production. The model can rationalize the observed falling or U-shaped pattern for aggregate market hours, the complete marketization of home production in agriculture and manufacturing, and the employment shift from agriculture and manufacturing to services. We find support for the model’s predictions in long-run US data.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 3828.

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Date of creation: Apr 2008
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Publication status: Published in Review of Economic Dynamics, April, 2008, 11(2), pp. 239-256. ISSN: 1096-6099
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