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Fertility and Family Time Allocation in the Philippines

Jill Tiefenthaler
Population and Development Review
Vol. 23, No. 2 (Jun., 1997), pp. 377-397
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/2137550
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2137550
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

While it is obvious that a birth will increase a woman's time devoted to child care, it is less obvious where the additional time comes from. Using data from the Philippines, the author estimates the average time spent in child care, market work, housework, and leisure by mothers, fathers, and older children both before and after the birth of a child. Comparison of the effects of the birth on time allocation across households indicates that the time adjustments made after the birth of a first child are significantly greater than those made after the births of subsequent children. The results also indicate that mothers bear over 90 percent of the time costs of children in families with no older children. When older children are present, however, mothers' percentage contribution falls considerably.

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