Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/108676
Authors: 
Gimenez-Nadal, J. Ignacio
Molina, José Alberto
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8794
Abstract: 
The growth in women's participation in the labor force has attracted attention to the gender differences in commuting behavior, and to their implications. This study analyses the relationship between individual commuting behavior and household responsibilities, with a focus on gender differences in that relationship. Using the Dutch Time Use Surveys for the years 2000 and 2005, we analyze the relationship between commuting time, and the time devoted to home production and childcare. To deal with reverse causality, we use Propenstity Score Matching techniques to obtain imputed data for individuals. After reverse causality is taken into account, we find that the effect of home production on commuting time for women is more than double the effect for men, while childcare time has an effect on women's commuting time behavior only. Our results explain why prior studies have found that women have shorter commutes than men, shedding light on the Household Responsibility Hypothesis (HRH).
Subjects: 
commuting
home production
childcare
propensity score matching
Multinational Time Use Study
JEL: 
D13
J16
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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