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Extreme Temperatures and Time Use in China

Teevrat Garg, Matthew Gibson () and Fanglin Sun
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Teevrat Garg: School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego
Fanglin Sun: Department of Economics, University of California, San Diego

No 2019-16, Department of Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics, Williams College

Abstract: How do people in developing countries respond to extreme temperatures? Using individual-level panel data over two decades and relying on plausibly exogenous variation in weather, we estimate how extreme temperatures affect time use in China. Extreme temperatures reduce time spent working, and this effect is largest for female farmers. Hot days reduce time spent by women on outdoor chores, but we find no such effects for men. Finally, hot days dramatically reduce time spent on childcare, reflecting large effects on home production. Taken together, our results suggest time use is an important margin of response to extreme temperatures.

Keywords: Time use; extreme weather; gender (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2019-05
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