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The Effects of Marriage on Couples’ Allocation of Time Between Market and Non-Market Hours

  • El Lahga, AbdelRahmen


    (Institut Supérieur de Gestion, Tunis)

  • Moreau, Nicolas


    (Université de la Réunion)

We evaluate the effects of the transition from cohabitation to marriage on household domestic and market work hours using a sample of working couples. For this purpose we use the 21 first waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSEOP). We adapt to system GMM estimation the estimator presented in Semykina and Wooldridge (2005) to account for selection bias in the presence of endogenous regressors. Our results indicate that marriage increases women’s specialization in home-based activities and that marriage decreases women’s leisure. These effects are robust across specifications.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
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