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The Allocation and Valuation of Time

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  • Diewert, Erwin
  • FOX, Kevin J.
  • Paul Schreyer

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We provide a generalization of Becker's theory of the allocation of time. We assume that household time plays three roles: as leisure, household work and household labour supply, with separate utility valuations for each use of time. A case not considered by Becker, nor by Pollak and Wachter, is addressed; the case where the household does not provide external market labour. Various corner solutions to the household's time allocation problem are considered in detail, and we consider the econometric problems that these corner solutions create. We relate the analysis to the difficult problems associated with the valuation of household work at home.

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  • Diewert, Erwin & FOX, Kevin J. & Paul Schreyer, 2017. "The Allocation and Valuation of Time," Microeconomics.ca working papers erwin_diewert-2017-5, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 04 May 2017.
  • Handle: RePEc:ubc:pmicro:erwin_diewert-2017-5
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    Keywords

    Valuation of household time; replacement cost valuation of time; opportunity cost valuation of time; household production;
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    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E01 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Measurement and Data on National Income and Product Accounts and Wealth; Environmental Accounts

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