Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/82927
Authors: 
Hallberg, Daniel
Klevmarken, Anders
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Department of Economics, Uppsala University 2001:21
Abstract: 
Process benefit scores indicates that time with own children is preferred before all other activities, closely followed by market work. The trade-off between parents’ time with their own kids and market work, and its dependence on out-of-home day-care is analyzed in a simultaneous equation framework. Our empirical results suggest that parents’ decisions about market work and time with children are strongly interdependent. Economic incentives work primarily through decisions about market work, while the direct effects on time with kids are weak. The results suggest that a change in the mother’s work hours influences less the parents’ time with their children than a change in the father’s work hours does. This would imply that a policy working to increase the time with own children should primarily influence the father’s work hours. We also find that parents prefer joint activities with children, and that out-of-home child-care is not chosen as a substitute for own time with kids.
Subjects: 
Time-use
child-care
family economics
simultaneous equation system
three-stage least squares
process benefits
JEL: 
C50
D10
J13
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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