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The incremental time costs of children: An analysis of children's impact on adult time use in Australia

The incremental time costs of children: An analysis of children's impact on adult time use... Abstract Raising children takes both time and money. Scholars have sought convincing ways to capture the costs of children, but even when these estimates include indirect costs, such as mothers' foregone earnings, they fall short of the true time costs involved. This paper uses data from the 1997 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Time Use Survey to study how the allocation of time differs across households with varying numbers and ages of children and how households with children differ from those without children. It also examines the intra household division of time resources, showing how childcare, related unpaid work, and the total market and non-market workloads compare for a couple in the same household. It includes secondary activity in an analysis of total parental time commitments to give a more accurate picture of the time cost of children than is possible on the basis of analyzing “primary” activities alone. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Feminist Economics Taylor & Francis

The incremental time costs of children: An analysis of children's impact on adult time use in Australia

Feminist Economics , Volume 14 (2): 30 – Apr 1, 2008
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Taylor & Francis
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ISSN
1466-4372
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1354-5701
DOI
10.1080/13545700701880999
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Abstract

Abstract Raising children takes both time and money. Scholars have sought convincing ways to capture the costs of children, but even when these estimates include indirect costs, such as mothers' foregone earnings, they fall short of the true time costs involved. This paper uses data from the 1997 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Time Use Survey to study how the allocation of time differs across households with varying numbers and ages of children and how households with children differ from those without children. It also examines the intra household division of time resources, showing how childcare, related unpaid work, and the total market and non-market workloads compare for a couple in the same household. It includes secondary activity in an analysis of total parental time commitments to give a more accurate picture of the time cost of children than is possible on the basis of analyzing “primary” activities alone.

Journal

Feminist EconomicsTaylor & Francis

Published: Apr 1, 2008

Keywords: Children; time use; motherhood; gender equity; secondary activity; JEL Codes: J16, J22, J13

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