Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Uppsala University, Department of Economics

No 1998:12: Microeconomic Analysis of Time-use Data. Did we reach the promised land?

Anders Klevmarken ()
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Anders Klevmarken: Department of Economics, Postal: Department of Economics, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Abstract: This paper surveys the last decade of micro-economic research using time-use data. Focusing on the household production model, time-use as an investment activity, and the distribution of extended income, issues of data collection, measurement errors, model specification and estimation as well as substantive results are reviewed and discussed. Although time-use data have specific characteristics which need be considered in analysis there is more to learn from these data and in particular if present short-comings are dealt with in future data collection.

Keywords: time-use; household production; labor supply; auxiliary information

JEL-codes: C81; D13; J22

34 pages, May 15, 1998

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