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Unemployment and Time Use: Evidence from the Spanish Time Use Survey

José Ignacio Gimenez-Nadal, José Alberto Molina () and Raquel Ortega
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José Ignacio Gimenez-Nadal: University of Zaragoza
Raquel Ortega: University of Zaragoza

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Documentos de Trabajo from Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad de Zaragoza

Abstract: In this paper we use a time use approach to analyze the average effect of aggregate unemployment on the daily life of individuals, focusing on the relationship between reduced market work and additional household production of unemployed individuals. Using the Spanish Time Use Survey 2002-2003, we find that, in general, the unemployed devote most of the reduced market time to additional leisure, and only a small proportion of time is devoted to household production activities. However, we find that the relationship between market work and household production with unemployment of individuals depends on regional unemployment rates, since in areas with high unemployment rates reduced market work is made up by additional time spent in household production. Our paper sheds light on the relationship between individuals’ time allocation decisions and aggregate macroeconomic variables.

Keywords: Unemployment; Time Use; Aggregate Unemployment; Enjoyment Data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D13 J16 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2010-02
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