, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 903-932

Parental time and working schedules

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of working schedules and of other characteristics (including family composition) on the time devoted by mothers and fathers to different activities with children in Canadian households, by using 1992 and 1998 Canadian Time Use Surveys. Switching regression models and models with selection allow us to simultaneously model labour market participation, type of work schedules and allocation of parental time. Working time has a negative and very significant effect on parental time. Hours worked during the day or at night exert a similar effect on parental time, but the impact of hours worked in the evening is by far larger. Time worked in the evening mainly decreases leisure and social activities with children.

Responsible editor: Deborah Cobb-Clark
An earlier version of this paper was presented in 2002 at the 14th Annual Conference of the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE) held in Paris.