By Jerry A. Jacobs

In a wide ranging learn that attracts on varied assets, Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson clarify why and the way time pressures have emerged and what we will be able to do to relieve them. unlike the normal knowledge that each one american citizens are overworked, they express that point itself has turn into a kind of social inequality that's dividing americans in new ways―between the overworked and the underemployed, men and women, mom and dad and non-parents. They piece jointly a compelling tale of the expanding mismatch among our economy and the desires of yankee households, checking out vital developments reminiscent of the increase of difficult jobs and the emergence of recent pressures on twin earner households and unmarried parents.
Comparing American staff with their ecu friends, Jacobs and Gerson additionally locate that regulations which are concurrently family-friendly and gender equitable aren't totally discovered in any of the international locations they learn. in this case, they argue that the us must forge a brand new set of suggestions that supply American staff new how you can combine paintings and kin lifestyles.

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68). Who is right in this battle of charge and countercharge? We maintain that both approaches provide important information and that the claims of bias are exaggerated. Self-reports on working time and time diaries provide complementary information that, taken together, expand our understanding of how we spend our time. In response to criticism that self-reports are unreliable and exaggerated, our analysis has found that they are actually remarkably valid and free of bias (Jacobs 1998). Though errors doubtless exist, they tend to average out in samples of many people.

Increases in the total amount of time dual-earning couples are working contributes to some of the rise, but the major influence is the fact that two-earner families account for more households. 5 hours. 3 additional hours 46 Trends in Work, Family, and Leisure Time worked in 2000 by all couples, 8 can be attributed to the shift from singleearner to dual-earner couples. 3 percent) represents an increase in couples’ working time, particularly among dual-earner couples. Thus, although there has been a slight increase in the total amount of time dual-earner couples devote to work, the principal source of change has been the rise in the proportion of couples who fit the dual-earner pattern.

965). Since the number of weeks worked per year reflects the degree to which work is continuous or discontinuous, combined with the amount of occasional or seasonal work, the expansion of annual workweeks is closely connected to changes in the demography of the labor force and especially the rise of committed women workers. In sum, the expansion in the number of weeks per year worked by the average American worker is largely a consequence of women’s determined Overworked Americans or the Growth of Leisure?

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