Spending time with a spouse is a major gain from marriage. We extend the classical collective model of the household to allow for togetherness between spouses. Togetherness takes the form of joint leisure and joint care for children. Using revealed preference conditions and Dutch data over the years 2009–2012, we find that households are willing to pay €1.20 per hour—10 percent of the average wage—to convert private leisure to joint leisure and €2.10 per hour to convert private childcare to joint childcare. Our results suggest togetherness is an important component of household time use despite being over- looked in the economics literature.
Cosaert, Sam, Alexandros Theloudis, and Bertrand Verheyden.
"Togetherness in the Household."
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics,
Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
Household Production and Intrahousehold Allocation
Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure; Domestic Abuse
Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
Time Allocation and Labor Supply