Off‐Scheduling within Dual‐Earner Couples: An Unequal and Negative Externality for Family Time1

  title={Off‐Scheduling within Dual‐Earner Couples: An Unequal and Negative Externality for Family Time1},
  author={Laurent Lesnard},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={447 - 490}
  • Laurent Lesnard
  • Published 1 September 2007
  • Psychology, Economics
  • American Journal of Sociology
Using couples' time‐diary data from two French time‐use surveys (1986, 1999), this article explores the extent to which off‐scheduling within dual‐earner couples is an unequal and negative externality for family time. An empirical typology of family workdays is built using a variant of optimal matching, and three kinds of family time are taken into account: conjugal time, father‐ and mother‐child time, and parents‐child time. The results indicate that off‐scheduling is an unintentional by… Expand
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