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Her Time, His Time, or the Maid's Time: An Analysis of the Demand for Domestic Work

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  • Elena Stancanelli

    () (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

  • Leslie Stratton

    (VCU - Virginia Commonwealth University)

Abstract

Maids, household appliances and housework time are key inputs to domestic production. This study uses data from the UK and France to estimate the effects of resource prices on the demand for these inputs. We conclude that higher opportunity costs of time increase the likelihood of having maid services and appliances. Women's time costs are also positively related to his housework time and negatively related to hers. Finally, maid service appears to be a closer substitute for housework time on weekend days than weekdays, suggesting smaller labour supply effects than anticipated by earlier literature.

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  • Elena Stancanelli & Leslie Stratton, 2014. "Her Time, His Time, or the Maid's Time: An Analysis of the Demand for Domestic Work," PSE - Labex "OSE-Ouvrir la Science Economique" hal-00966809, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:pseose:hal-00966809
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    1. Fakih, Ali & Marrouch, Walid, 2012. "Determinants of Domestic Workers' Employment: Evidence from Lebanese Household Survey Data," IZA Discussion Papers 6822, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

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    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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