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The allocation and value of time assigned to housework and child-care: An analysis for Switzerland

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In this paper, data from the 1997 Swiss Labour Force Survey are used to analyse the allocation and value of time assigned to housework and child-care. It is shown that men's allocation of time to housework and child-care is largely invariant to changes in socio-economic factors. Women's allocation of time to housework and child-care, on the other hand, is shown to depend on several social, economic, and demographic factors. The value of time assigned to housework and child-care is calculated with two market replacement cost methods and three opportunity cost methods. The results show that the value of time assigned to housework and child-care ranges from 27% to 39% and from 5% to 8% of GDP (in 1997), respectively. The value of time assigned to housework and child-care is also calculated for different household structures.

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Received: 15 April 1999/Accepted: 5 May 2000

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Sousa-Poza, A., Schmid, H. & Widmer, R. The allocation and value of time assigned to housework and child-care: An analysis for Switzerland. J Popul Econ 14, 599–618 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1007/s001480000057

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  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s001480000057

  • JEL classification: D13, J13, J22
  • Key words: Time allocation, child-care, household production