Daniel S. Hamermesh; Michael C Burda; Philippe Weil;
Subject: time use; gender differences; household production; paid work
jel: jel:D13 | jel:J22 | jel:J16
Using time-diary data from 25 countries, we demonstrate that there is a negative relationship between real GDP per capita and the female-male difference in total work time per day – the sum of work for pay and work at home. In rich northern countries on four continents,... View more
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7In this simple story, total conformity only occurs if the desire to conform is infinitely strong. The literature (Bernheim, 1994) has sought ways to obtain full conformity without assuming an infinite cost of deviation. 8Here, and in what follows, we ignore non-negativity constraints for simplicity.
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