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Household Production Theory. Treat Household as a Firm Output is Utility G=goods T= Time U = F(G, T). Household Production Theory. Goods. Isoquant; Slope = -(MU t /MU G). G 0. Budget constraint; Slope = -(W/P). U. t 0. Home Time.

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Household production theory

Household Production Theory

Treat Household as a Firm

Output is Utility

G=goods

T= Time

U = F(G, T)


Household production theory1

Household Production Theory

Goods

Isoquant; Slope = -(MUt /MUG)

G0

Budget constraint; Slope = -(W/P)

U

t0

Home Time



Huffman, 2006. “The Story Behind the Post-War Decline in Women’s Housework: Prices, Income, Family Size and Technology Effects in a Demand System


Huffman, 2006. “The Story Behind the Post-War Decline in Women’s Housework: Prices, Income, Family Size and Technology Effects in a Demand System


Daily time allocation to meal preparation, by gender and income

Lisa Mancino and Constance Newman Who Has Time To Cook? How Family Resources Influence Food Preparation May 2007. USDA ERRN 40. http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/ERR40/err40.pdf


Daily time allocation to meal preparation for women, by income and market work intensity

Lisa Mancino and Constance Newman Who Has Time To Cook? How Family Resources Influence Food Preparation May 2007. USDA ERRN 40. http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/ERR40/err40.pdf


Depression income and market work intensity


Quantity quality tradeoff in fertility behavior

Quantity Quality Tradeoff in Fertility Behavior income and market work intensity

How do wages affect household size?


Mammen, Kristen and Christina Paxson. “Women’s Work and Economic Development.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 14 (Fall 2000): 141-162.


Mammen, Kristen and Christina Paxson. “Women’s Work and Economic Development.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 14 (Fall 2000): 141-162.


How should spouses divide market and home time

How should spouses divide market and home time? Economic Development.”

How do relative wages affect time allocation?


Weekly hours spent in work and leisure by men and women age 25 64 in the united states 1965 1981
Weekly Hours Spent in Work and Leisure by Men and Women, Economic Development.”Age 25-64, in the United States, 1965–1981


Average time in home production per week for married men and women
Average time in home production per week for married men and women

Men 17.7

Women 29.8

Men spend 9 more hours per week in the labor market

Hersch and Stratton, Journal of Human Resources, Winter 2002.


Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Variations in Time Use at Stages of the Life Cycle.” Monthly Labor Review 128 (September 2005): 38-45.


Father Stages of the Life Cycle.”

Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Variations in Time Use at Stages of the Life Cycle.” Monthly Labor Review 128 (September 2005): 38-45.


Minutes per day spent in total market and nonmarket work for men and women, 21 countries

Equal minutes per day

Fitted line, nonMeditaranean countries

Fitted line, Meditaranean countries

U.S. difference is 4 minutes

Michael Burda, Daniel Hamermesh, and Philippe Weil. 2006. "TOTAL WORK, GENDER AND SOCIAL NORMS,"


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