The allocation and value of time assigned to housework and child-care: An analysis for Switzerland

  • Alfonso Sousa-Poza
  • Hans Schmid
  • Rolf Widmer
Part of the Population Economics book series (POPULATION)


In this paper, data from the 1997 Swiss Labour Force Survey are used to analyse the allocation and value of time assigned to housework and child-care. It is shown that men’s allocation of time to housework and childcare is largely invariant to changes in socio-economic factors. Women’s allocation of time to housework and child-care, on the other hand, is shown to depend on several social, economic, and demographic factors. The value of time assigned to housework and child-care is calculated with two market replacement cost methods and three opportunity cost methods. The results show that the value of time assigned to housework and child-care ranges from 27% to 39% and from 5% to 8% ofGDP(in 1997), respectively. The value of time assigned to housework and child-care is also calculated for different household structures.

JEL classification: D13, J13J22

Key words

Time allocation child-care household production 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfonso Sousa-Poza
    • 1
  • Hans Schmid
    • 1
  • Rolf Widmer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Economics and Research Institute for Labour Economics and Labour Law at the University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland

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