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Intra-family time allocation to housework - French evidence

Author(s): Dominique Anxo | Paul Carlin

Journal: Electronic International Journal of Time Use Research
ISSN 1860-9937

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 14;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: Time allocation | intra-family | time use | home production | bargaining | elasticities

We analyse new time diary data from France to explore the relationship between economic variables andhusbands’ share of housework time. Consistent with both bargaining and specialization models of thefamily, we find that the greater the husband’s share of labor income, the lower his share of houseworktime; the greater the wife’s market hours, the lower his housework time, but the larger his share ofhousework time. Treating market work as endogenous substantially lowers the size of these estimates, butthey remain statistically significant. A parsimonious specification based on the specialization modelgenerates estimates for housework share wage elasticities. The own wage elasticity of wives’ houseworkis -0.3 and the elasticity of husbands’ housework share with respect to wives’ wages is +0.25.
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