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Jeehoon Han

School of Economics
Zhejiang University
Yuhangtang Road No.866
Hangzhou, 310058
China

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Institutional Affiliation: Zhejiang University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

August 2020Income and Poverty in the COVID-19 Pandemic
with Bruce D. Meyer, James X. Sullivan: w27729
This paper addresses the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing timely and accurate information on the impact of the current pandemic on income and poverty to inform the targeting of resources to those most affected and assess the success of current efforts. We construct new measures of the income distribution and poverty with a lag of only a few weeks using high frequency data from the Basic Monthly Current Population Survey (CPS), which collects income information for a large, representative sample of U.S. families. Because the family income data for this project are rarely used, we validate this timely measure of income by comparing historical estimates that rely on these data to estimates from data on income and consumption that have been used much more broadly. Our resu...
October 2018Inequality in the Joint Distribution of Consumption and Time Use
with Bruce D. Meyer, James X. Sullivan: w25199
This paper examines inequality in both leisure and consumption over the past four decades using time use surveys stretching from 1975 to 2016. We show that individual and family characteristics, especially when including work hours, explain most of the long run variation in leisure. We then use these characteristics to predict the distribution of leisure in the Consumer Expenditure Survey, a survey that also provides detailed information on consumption. The advantage of this approach is that it gives us measures of consumption and leisure at the family level within a single data source. We find that leisure time is highest for families at the bottom of the consumption distribution, and typically declines monotonically as consumption rises. However, the consumption-leisure gradient is small...

Published: Jeehoon Han & Bruce D. Meyer & James X. Sullivan, 2020. "Inequality in the joint distribution of consumption and time use," Journal of Public Economics, .

June 2018Inequality in the Joint Distribution of Consumption and Time Use
with Bruce D. Meyer, James X. Sullivan
in Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar 2018, Hilary W. Hoynes, Camille Landais, and Johannes Spinnewijn, organizers
This paper examines inequality in both leisure and consumption over the past four decades. Using time use surveys stretching from 1975 to 2016, we estimate the distribution of leisure time conditional on hours worked and other individual level and family level characteristics. We show that these characteristics, especially when including work hours, explain most of the long run variation in leisure. We then use these estimates to predict the distribution of leisure using work hours and other characteristics in the Consumer Expenditure Survey, a survey that also provides detailed information on consumption. The advantage of this approach is that it gives us measures of consumption and leisure at the family level within a single data source. Combining consumption and leisure allows us to cha...
 
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