Togetherness in the Household
Alexandros Theloudis () and
No 2020-01, LISER Working Paper Series from LISER
Spending time together with a spouse is a major gain from marriage. We extend the classical collective model of the household to allow for togetherness between spouses. Togetherness takes the form of joint leisure and joint care for children. Using revealed preferences conditions, we find that Dutch households are willing to pay €1.2 per hour -10% of the average wage- to convert private leisure to joint, and €2.1 per hour to convert private childcare to joint. Our results suggest that togetherness is an important component of household time use despite it being overlooked in the economics literature.
Keywords: Joint leisure; joint childcare; private time use; collective model; irregular work; family labor supply; revealed preferences; LISS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D11 D12 D13 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 60 pages
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