Intra-Family Time Allocation to Housework: French Evidence

International Journal of Time Use Research, Vol. 1, No. 1, July 2004

23 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2008

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Dominique Anxo

Department of Economics and Statistics, Linnaeus University

Paul S. Carlin

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - Department of Economics

Abstract

We analyse new time diary data from France to explore the relationship between economic variables and husbands' share of housework time. Consistent with both bargaining and specialization models of the family, we find that the greater the husband's share of labor income, the lower his share of housework time; the greater the wife's market hours, the lower his housework time, but the larger his share of housework time. Treating market work as endogenous substantially lowers the size of these estimates, but they remain statistically significant. A parsimonious specification based on the specialization model generates estimates for housework share wage elasticities. The own wage elasticity of wives' housework is -0.3 and the elasticity of husbands' housework share with respect to wives' wages is +0.25.

Keywords: Time allocation, intra-family, time use, home production, bargaining, elasticities

JEL Classification: D13, J12, J13, J16

Suggested Citation

Anxo, Dominique and Carlin, Paul S., Intra-Family Time Allocation to Housework: French Evidence. International Journal of Time Use Research, Vol. 1, No. 1, July 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1083368

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