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Togetherness in the Household

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  • COSAERT Sam
  • THELOUDIS Alexandros
  • VERHEYDEN Bertrand

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Spending time together with a spouse is a major gain from marriage. We extend the classical collective model of the household to allow for togetherness between spouses. Togetherness takes the form of joint leisure and joint care for children. Using revealed preferences conditions, we find that Dutch households are willing to pay €1.2 per hour -10% of the average wage- to convert private leisure to joint, and €2.1 per hour to convert private childcare to joint. Our results suggest that togetherness is an important component of household time use despite it being overlooked in the economics literature.

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  • COSAERT Sam & THELOUDIS Alexandros & VERHEYDEN Bertrand, 2020. "Togetherness in the Household," LISER Working Paper Series 2020-01, LISER.
  • Handle: RePEc:irs:cepswp:2020-01
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    Keywords

    Joint leisure; joint childcare; private time use; collective model; irregular work; family labor supply; revealed preferences; LISS;
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    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • 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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