Bryan Caplan  

Household Production Bleg

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I'm looking for the best pieces written about the effect of labor-saving devices (dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, disposable diapers, microwaves, etc.) on female labor force participation and gender roles.  Economic historians, labor economists, sociologists, autodidacts - what can you tell me?

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OneEyedMan writes:

A Century of Work and Leisure by Valerie A. Ramey and Neville Francis.
" We find that hours of work for prime age individuals are essentially unchanged, with the rise in women’s hours fully compensating for the decline in men’s hours"

Steve Horwitz writes:

Claudia Goldin's 2006 Ely lecture (in the AER) covers some of this ground. And it's just a terrific paper on FLFP in general.

Joshua Gans writes:

Oh Bryan, you mean you have never read this?

Todd Kuipers writes:

Not exactly about labour saving, per se (I would suggest he gets it a touch backwards), but there are nuggets in Witold Rybczynski's Waiting for the Weekend.

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