The influence of wages on parents' allocations of time to child care and market work in the United Kingdom

Charlene M. Kalenkoski, David C. Ribar, Leslie S. Stratton

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Abstract

We use time-diary data on couples with children from the 2000 United Kingdom Time Use Survey to examine the impacts of own and partner's wages on parents' provision of child care and market work on weekdays and on weekends and holidays. We find that increases in partners' wages increase women's primary care on all days and decrease their market work on weekdays, while increases in women's own wages increase their market work on weekdays. There is little evidence that men's time use responds to changes in their own wages. However, an increase in men's partners' wages increases men's passive child-care time on weekends and reduces their market-work time on weekends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-419
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • Child care
  • Time use
  • Wages

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