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The impact of the COVID-19 recession on Mexican households: evidence from employment and time use for men, women, and children

Lauren Hoehn-Velasco (), Adan Silverio-Murillo, Jose Balmori de la Miyar and Jacob Penglase
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Lauren Hoehn-Velasco: Georgia State University
Adan Silverio-Murillo: Tecnologico de Monterrey
Jacob Penglase: San Diego State University

Review of Economics of the Household, 2022, vol. 20, issue 3, No 5, 763-797

Abstract: Abstract This study examines changes in labor supply, income, and time allocation during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico. Using an event-study design, we show that the COVID-19 recession had severe negative consequences for Mexican households. In the first month of the pandemic, employment declined by 17 percentage points. Men recovered their employment faster than women, where men’s employment approaches original levels by 2021Q2. Women, on the other hand, experienced persistent employment losses. Within-household, men also increased their time spent on household chores while neither gender (persistently) increased their time caring for others. Instead, children reduced their time spent on schoolwork by 25%.

Keywords: COVID-19; Women; Children; Mexico; Labor Supply; Gender; H12; J12; J13; J16; J18; O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s11150-022-09600-2

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