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Welfare Comparisons, Economies of Scale and Equivalence Scale in Time Use

Hélène Couprie and Gaëlle Ferrant
Annals of Economics and Statistics
No. 117/118, SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE ECONOMICS OF GENDER (June 2015), pp. 185-210
Published by: GENES on behalf of ADRES
DOI: 10.15609/annaeconstat2009.117-118.185
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.15609/annaeconstat2009.117-118.185
Page Count: 26
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Abstract

How do within-couples' time use interactions generate welfare in the family? In this paper we model economies of scale in time use. Following Browning [2013], we allow intra-household bargaining power to affect the distribution of welfare gains in the family. We estimate the model by means of the UK Time Use Survey (2000). Results suggest that two singles living apart need about 2h15 more spare time a day to achieve the same utility level as when living in a couple. A single woman requires on average 55% of a couple's time resources to be as well-of as when she lived in a couple. The time-poverty threshold is on average 15 hours per individual each day. JEL: D10, D13, D63, J12, J22 / KEY WORDS: Time Use, Collective Model, Equivalence Scales, Economies of Scale.

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