Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58561
Authors: 
Morill, Melinda Sandler
Pabilonia, Sabrina Wulff
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6529
Abstract: 
We examine family time together using data from the 2003-2010 American Time Use Survey combined with Bureau of Labor Statistics data on state-level unemployment rates. Couple time together is U-shaped; while fathers spend more time engaging in enriching childcare activities without a spouse present as the unemployment rate rises. Patterns are similar for dual-earner couples, but appear concentrated among demographic groups most affected by recessions. We also find that mothers are less likely to work standard hours and more likely to work on weekends as employment crises deepen, which is consistent with both sets of results for family time together.
Subjects: 
unemployment
time use
time together
Great Recession
nonstandard work hours
JEL: 
D1
J22
J12
E32
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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