Studies & summaries:
- Europe-US differences in labor supply: Relax! It’s the Law
- Inefficient travel: Americans spend 600,000 years stuck in traffic annually (2013)
- Job search and more: Papers by Loukas Karabarbounis, Erik Hurst and Mark Aguiar.
- Effects of scarcity: How is the psychology of limited time similar to being poor? Here are some answers.
- PT work: Trends in part-time employment in the OECD (2000-2011).
- Compensation: Time use for paid and unpaid work (1999-2008) .
- Information: Trends in News Consumption: 1991-2012 .
- Leisure: Trends in time allocation and leisure inequality (gated)
- Vacation: Paid vacation days in OECD countries (from the Center for Economic and Policy Research).
- Feeling rushed: 1 in 4 Americans always feel rushed, according to Pew.
- Sleep: How much sleep are Americans getting? (CDC has data here and here) .
- Sleep 2: On the discrepancy between Gallup surveys and ATUS
- Drowning in e-mail: According to MGI, one quarter of working hours are spending writing and responding to emails. (The original MGI report is here.)
- Parental leave: What are the effects of longer parental leave (more time with children)? A good paper on the subject, showing that drop-out rates fell after a reform in Norway, is “A Flying Start? Maternity Leave Benefits and Long Run Outcomes of Children” by Løken, Carneiro and Salvanes.
- Impact of recessions: health-related / violent behaviors:
Good data on non-market work, especially in developed economies, exists and waits (some might say is asking) to be used to answer questions that were not tractable in both micro and macro until recently. These sources are a good place to start:
- MTUS (See the book by Alesina and Ichino that builds on the data)
- GSS (e.g. TV watching)
- ISSP: Leisure Time and Sports (other waves are not directly related to time use)
- OECD Family database
Although OECD collects reasonable data on work hours, it is not always comparable across time and countries.