The Intra-household Allocation of Time

PhD Thesis# 459
Chris (C.P.B.J.) van Klaveren
Prof. B.M.S. Praag, Prof. H. Maassen van den Brink


Persons who allocate their time to paid labor, housework and leisure are aware that performing more paid labor generates more money income and enables more consumption, and that performing more paid labor has as its opportunity cost potential leisure time and housework time. In multi-person households the question: `who performs which activity’ is important. There are several labor supply combinations that generate the same amount of household income, but household members may have different opinions about the optimal labor-leisure-housework combination for both household members. Time allocation decisions, therefore, depend on the bargaining process between household members and on the preferences of the household members.
This thesis examines how persons, in multi-person households, allocate their time to paid labor, leisure and housework, taking into account that time allocation decisions are influenced by the household members’ preferences and bargaining within the household. It examines how men and women differ in their preferences, what determines bargaining power in the household and how men and women time their work hours. Moreover, it gives insights into how subsidies (or taxes) targeted on different individuals within the household affect the time that is allocated to paid labor, leisure and housework.

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