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Time Use During Recessions

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Executive Summary

The authors use data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), covering both the recent recession and the pre-recessionary period, to explore how foregone market work hours are allocated to other activities over the business cycle. Given the short time series, it is hard to distinguish business cycle effects from low frequency trends by simply comparing time spent on a given category prior to the recession with time spent on that category during the recession. Instead, they identify the business cycle effects on time use using cross state variation with respect to the severity of the recessions.

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