EconStor >
IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy, Uppsala >
Working Papers, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

Full metadata record

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorSvensson, Larsen_US
dc.description.abstractThe modernisation of Swedish households during the twentieth century prompted a considerable productivity growth in household production, which reduced the time input for a fixed volume of routine household work by about 35 per cent 1920-1990. Much of that time was gradually transferred to the labour market, but no evidence can be found for an increase in leisure time. What has been termed a Cowan paradox appears in the Swedish data: the output of household services increased significantly with productivity-enhancing technical change. This was, however, the case only in households where small children constituted an impediment to labour market entry. Increased returns to market work induced women who did not face this restriction to allocate more time to the labour market from the mid-1940s. A set of new formal and informal institutions associated with the family eventually redefined the concept of small children and so shifted the position of homemaker from being a more or less permanent status of some women to a clearly temporary position of most women.en_US
dc.publisherInst. for Labour Market Policy Evaluation Uppsalaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking paper // IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2008:20en_US
dc.subject.keywordTime allocationen_US
dc.subject.keywordlabour supplyen_US
dc.subject.keywordhousehold technologiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordfamily policyen_US
dc.titleTechnology, institutions and allocation of time in Swedish households 1920 - 1990en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat
58387925X.pdf252.98 kBAdobe PDF
No. of Downloads: Counter Stats
Show simple item record
Download bibliographical data as: BibTeX

Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.