The Economics of Multitasking (Hardback)
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The Economics of Multitasking (Hardback)

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Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 30/11/2015
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People regularly multitask, though we have been warned about the mental costs of "task-switching" in psychology and the popular press. Meanwhile, economists have remained silent on the possible economic ramifications - both good and bad - of producers and/or consumers doing more than one thing at once. This first-of-its-kind volume explores the frequency, patterns, and economic implications of multitasking, with a particular focus on the multitasking of non-market activities such as child care, housework, eating, and studying. Using data sets from around the world and best-practice empirical and experimental techniques, the contributors to this volume explore the association of multitasking with output and welfare in a range of settings of interest to economists. Contributions in theory, empirical work, data management, and concepts are combined to yield the discipline's first holistic view of multitasking and to identify where the research frontiers lie in this area.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137381439
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 425 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2016


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The layered rhythms of daily life make it remarkably difficult to measure time use in a clear and consistent way. The essays in this volume go beyond documentation of multitasking to adapt and improve the neoclassical economic theory of time allocation. They also yield valuable insights into issues of survey design and interpretation, particularly relevant to the definition of time devoted to the care of children and needy adults. These are important contributions to the burgeoning field of time-use analysis." - Nancy Folbre, Director, Program on Gender and Care Work, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

"The Economics of Multitasking, particularly in unpaid household production, challenges the treatment of this work in mainstream economics. This book uses best practice economic techniques to open a new space for the analysis of unpaid work, here focused on children and their care. In doing this it breaks a silence and opens many new opportunities for the use of these tools across household work activities." - Marilyn Waring, Professor of Public Policy, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

"While multitasking has received some attention from researchers and firms interested in on-the-job productivity, it is high time that the multitasking of other time uses received similar attention. Kalenkoski and Foster's book takes an important step in this direction, extending economic theory to recognize multitasking, documenting the prevalence of multitasking, empirically modeling the decision to multitask, and perhaps most importantly examining the impact of multitasking on outcomes." - Leslie S. Stratton, Professor of Economics, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

"Time-use scientists Kalenkoski and Foster have assembled an edited volume that comprehensively examines how and why people multitask different types of activities. The theoretical, methodological, and empirical analyses that make up the volume are not only informative but will also change the way that time-use studies are conducted going forward." - David C. Ribar, Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, Australia

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