How A Working Mother’s Time Use Has Changed

Working mothers have changed the amount of time they spend on the job, and also on household chores, caring for children, sleeping, and leisure.

What We Do With Our Time

To see what how much we work and sleep and play, and what the GDP does not tell us, we can use the American Time Use Survey.

What the Unemployment Rate is Hiding

Obscured by low unemployment rates, the alarmingly large proportion of lower skilled workers who are unemployed is easy to miss.

How Big is the Leisure Gap Between Men and Women?

Our Monday gender issue focus Married or single, weekends and weekdays, men have more leisure time than women. Imagine a typical weekend. Yes, mom might spend a bit less time watching the kids and dad does do more housework. However, when it…

Human Capital: 20th Century Time Use and Jelly Beans

If you live close to the average of 79 years, using 28,835 jelly beans to represent each day, here is how you might spend your life: In a 1930 essay, “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,” economist John Maynard Keynes predicted…

The Market System: How We Spend Our Time

During a typical day, we spend our time working, relaxing, sleeping, caring for others, caring for ourselves, doing housework and attending to an assortment of minor and major miscellany. Last Thursday, in its annual American Time Use Survey, the BLS…