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Inequality and Time Use in the Household

Nancy Folbre

in The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606061
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199606061.013.0014

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

 Inequality and Time Use in the Household

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This article explores the implications of time use for measures of income and consumption inequality, summarizes relevant empirical resources and findings, and outlines an agenda for future research. It begins with an overview of the relationship between consumption, income, and time use, and then summarizes recent research on time allocation and its implications for relative well-being. Next, it summarizes research comparing differences in leisure time, assigning a market value to household production, and analyzing inequality among and within households. The final section explores some implications for analysis of poverty and public policy.

Keywords: income inequality; consumption inequality; time allocation; leisure time; household production; poverty; public policy

Article.  8598 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Labour and Demographic Economics ; Health, Education, and Welfare

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