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Home Hours in the United States and Europe

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  • McDaniel Cara
  • Lei Fang

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Using data from the Multinational Time Use Study, this paper documents the trends and levels of time allocation, with a focus on home hours, for a relatively large set of industrialized countries during the past 50 years. Three patterns emerge. First, home hours have decreased in both the United States and European countries. Second, female time allocation contributes more to the cross-country difference in both the trends and the levels of market hours and home hours per person. Third, time allocations between the United States and Europe are more similar for the prime-age group than for the young and old groups.

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  • McDaniel Cara & Lei Fang, 2014. "Home Hours in the United States and Europe," FRB Atlanta Working Paper 2014-5, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedawp:2014-05
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    Keywords

    time use; home hours; sex; age;

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    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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