The Economics of Time Use, 271

Edited By

  • D.S. Hamermesh, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
  • G.A. Pfann, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

These studies are based on information on time use in nine countries. Such studies will become more common as more governments fund time-budget surveys and as economists realize the benefits of using this type of data. Each does something that either could not have been accomplished at all, or that could have been done much less convincingly on the data that one typically obtains from households.

Part I deals with the "when?" and "with whom?" questions describing human behavior. These questions have been essentially ignored by social scientists generally, and have been completely ignored by economists. So long as we believe that people have preferences over the timing and the context of their activities, we should be able to apply economic analysis usefully to their decisions.

Part II deals with "what is done"?" questions of the quantities and determinants of economic activities. While many of these questions have been addressed using readily available retrospective data, time-diary data allow both recording them more accurately and the kind of disaggregation by type that is not possible with other kinds of data.

Part III deals with children's issues - the determination of time spent at home with children and its impacts on the parents and on the children themselves. Here we have economic analyses using detailed time-diary data and special survey questions that have not heretofore been used to address these topics. Part IV consists of a single study focussed on the issues involved in the creation of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), which began full-scale operations in January 2003.

Audience
Economists

Hardbound, 370 pages Pages

Published: December 2004

Imprint: Elsevier

Contents

  • 1. Introduction: Time-use data in economics (D.S. Hamermesh, G.A. Pfann). Part I. When and with whom? 2. Timing constraints and the allocation of time: The effects of changing shopping hours regulations in the Netherlands (J.P. Jacobsen, P. Kooreman). 3. The timing and flexibility of housework and men's and women's wages (J. Bonke, N.D. Gupta, N. Smith). 4. Routine (D.S. Hamermesh). 5. Nobody to play with? The implications of leisure coordination (S.P. Jenkins, L. Osberg). Part II. What is done? 6. Estimates of a labor supply function using alternative measures of hours of work (N.A. Klevmarken). 7. Loafing or learning? The demand for informal education (R. Fahr). 8. Time use, consumption and saving over the life cycle (P. Apps, R. Rees). 9. "Mondays in the sun:" unemployment, time use and consumption patterns in Spain (N. Ahn, J.F. Jimeno, A. Ugidos). Part III. Children's issues. 10. Reconciling motherhood and work: Evidence from time use data in three countries (A. Ichino, A.S. de Galdeano). 11. The distribution of children's developmental resources (F.P. Stafford, W.J. Yeung). Part IV. Developing time use surveys. 12. A study in the process of planning, designing and executing a survey program: The American time-use survey (M. Horrigan, D. Herz).

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