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Gender differences in time allocation to paid and unpaid work: Evidence from Urban Guatemala, 2000-2014

Espino, Ilya and Hermeto, Ana and Luz, Luciana (2020): Gender differences in time allocation to paid and unpaid work: Evidence from Urban Guatemala, 2000-2014.

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Abstract

This paper examines the effects of individual and household characteristics on time allocation decisions for both women and men, and how these effects have evolved in Urban Guatemala using data from the National Survey of Living Conditions (2000 and 2004). We built a multivariate Tobit to model the decision of individuals to allocate time, distinguishing between three different types of time uses: housework, childcare, and paid work. The results reveal that time allocation is strongly determined by gender. For both periods, on average, women devote more time to housework and childcare than men, while men spent more hours in paid work than their counterparts. Although offering fewer hours of paid work, women frequently accumulate both unpaid and paid work, while men specialize in market work. Moreover, women's time allocation is more responsive to individuals and household characteristics than men in both periods. Finally, we find that educational attainment plays a central role in shaping how individuals allocate their time between market and non-market activities, especially for women. For instance, while housework time is negatively associated with education level, time devoted to childcare increases with instruction.

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