Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Umeå Economic Studies,
Umeå University, Department of Economics

No 495: Estimating Intrahousehold Allocation in a Collective Model With Household Production

Thomas Aronsson (), Sven-Olov Daunfeldt () and Magnus Wikström ()
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Thomas Aronsson: Department of Economics, Umeå University, Postal: Umeå University, S 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
Sven-Olov Daunfeldt: Department of Economics, Umeå University, Postal: Umeå University, S 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
Magnus Wikström: Department of Economics, Umeå University, Postal: Umeå University, S 901 87 Umeå, Sweden

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to estimate the intra-family distribution of income and the individual demand for leisure and household production from Swedish cross-sectional household data. As a basis for the analysis, we use a collective model where each individual is characterized by his or her own utility function and divides total time between leisure, household production and market work. For the purpose of comparison, we also estimate a more traditional model of labor supply, the unitary model. It is found that the unitary model can be rejected against the more general collective model, while the income pooling hypothesis cannot be rejected.

Keywords: Intra-household allocation; time-use; household production; collective model

JEL-codes: D13; J22

15 pages, March 9, 1999

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