The Korean Economic Review
The Effects of Fathers’ Working Hours on Youth Behavior: Evidence from a Change in the Standard Workweek
Hyunkuk Cho (Yeungnam University)Year 2017Vol. 33No. 2
This study estimates the effects of fathers’ hours worked on their children’s behavior. Toidentify the source of the exogenous change, it uses the legislated reduction in the workweekthat was implemented in Korea. Since the new system was applied to large establishmentsfirst, one could analyze the effects using a difference-in-differences estimation method. Thisstudy finds that the system change increases boys’ hours of self-study and decreases theiralcohol use (reduced-form estimates). The channel is fathers’ increased knowledge of theirchildren’s whereabouts and the children’s decreased conflict with their parents. However, noeffects are found on girls’ behavior.