The Economics of Multitasking

  • Editors
  • Charlene M. Kalenkoski
  • Gigi Foster

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Charlene M. Kalenkoski, Gigi Foster
    Pages 1-5
  3. Charlene M. Kalenkoski, Gigi Foster
    Pages 19-32
  4. Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia
    Pages 91-107
  5. Jay Stewart, Mary Dorinda Allard
    Pages 145-171
  6. Parama Chaudhury
    Pages 173-201
  7. Charlene M. Kalenkoski, Gigi Foster
    Pages 203-207
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 209-216

About this book


People regularly multitask, though we have been warned about the mental costs of "task-switching" in psychology and the popular press. Meanwhile, economists have remained silent on the possible economic ramifications – both good and bad – of producers and/or consumers doing more than one thing at once. This first-of-its-kind volume explores the frequency, patterns, and economic implications of multitasking, with a particular focus on the multitasking of non-market activities such as child care, housework, eating, and studying. Using data sets from around the world and best-practice empirical and experimental techniques, the contributors to this volume explore the association of multitasking with output and welfare in a range of settings of interest to economists. Contributions in theory, empirical work, data management, and concepts are combined to yield the discipline's first holistic view of multitasking and to identify where the research frontiers lie in this area.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57501-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-38144-6
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