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Unemployment and Time Use: Evidence from the Spanish Time Use Survey

  • José Ignacio Gimenez-Nadal

    (University of Zaragoza)

  • José Alberto Molina

    (University of Zaragoza and IZA)

  • Raquel Ortega

    (University of Zaragoza)

In this paper we use a time use approach to analyze the average effect of aggregate unemployment on the daily life of individuals, focusing on the relationship between reduced market work and additional household production of unemployed individuals. Using the Spanish Time Use Survey 2002-2003, we find that, in general, the unemployed devote most of the reduced market time to additional leisure, and only a small proportion of time is devoted to household production activities. However, we find that the relationship between market work and household production with unemployment of individuals depends on regional unemployment rates, since in areas with high unemployment rates reduced market work is made up by additional time spent in household production. Our paper sheds light on the relationship between individuals’ time allocation decisions and aggregate macroeconomic variables.

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