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Trends in hours and economic growth

By L. Rachel Ngai and Christopher Pissarides


We study substitutions between home and market production over long periods of time. We use the results to get predictions about long-run trends in aggregate market hours of work and about employment shifts across economic sectors, driven by uneven TFP growth in market and home production. The model can rationalize the observed falling or U-shaped pattern for aggregate market hours, the complete marketization of home production in agriculture and manufacturing, and the employment shift from agriculture and manufacturing to services. We find support for the model’s predictions in long-run US data

Topics: HB Economic Theory
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1016/
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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