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Non-market time and household well-being

  • Koulovatianos, Christos
  • Schröder, Carsten
  • Schmidt, Ulrich

A distinguishing feature among households is whether adult members work or not, since the employment status affects a household's available time for home activities. Using a survey method in two countries, Belgium and Germany, we provide household incomes that retain the level of well-being across different family types, distinguished by family size and employment status of adults. Our tests support that specialization in home production and childcare-time costs are important determinants of household well-being. Estimates of child costs relative to an adult are higher for households that are time-constrained (all adults in the household work), and also higher for poorer households.

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Paper provided by Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 2005/11.

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