, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 23–51 | Cite as

The role of economic and demographic factors in explaining time-use of single and married mothers

  • Robin A. Douthitt
  • Cathleen D. Zick
  • Jane McCullough


The number of households headed by single mothers has been increasing in recent years. Yet, little is known about how this growing segment of the population differs, if at all, from married mothers in their time allocation patterns. In the study reported here, a system of time allocation equations based on household production theory is estimated for both married and single mothers. The results indicate that married and single mothers make different decisions about how to allocate their time to household production, child care, leisure, and paid work. Specifically, single and married mothers responded differently to a change in their shadow wage rates, unearned income, paid child care, and the ages of the children in each of the estimated equations.

Key words

Family Time Use Mother's Time Allocation Single Parent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robin A. Douthitt
    • 1
  • Cathleen D. Zick
    • 2
  • Jane McCullough
    • 3
  1. 1.University of WisconsinUSA
  2. 2.University of UtahUSA
  3. 3.Utah State UniversityUSA

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