Leslie Stratton is a Professor of Economics at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her Ph.D. from M.I.T in 1989 in the fields of labor economics and econometrics. She teaches courses in both these areas at the undergraduate and the Master’s level. Her research focuses on the interaction between market and nonmarket activities – with a number of articles exploring employment decisions, college enrollment patterns, and household production (both housework and child care). Her work has been published in the Journal of Population Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Research in Higher Education amongst others.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2004.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10941

Rising unemployment and housing price appreciation are associated with increased college enrollment. Enrollment does not, however, guarantee completion. We use a discrete time, competing hazard function that accommodates individual-specific heterogeneity to assess the impact changing unemployment and housing prices have on progress toward a college degree in the United States...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10832

The time allocated to household chores is substantial, with the burden falling disproportionately upon women. Further, social norms about how much work men and women should contribute in the home are likely to influence couples' housework allocation decisions and evaluations of their lot. Using Australian data, we employ a two-stage...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10831
forthcoming in: Journal of Population Economics.

We examine how men and women in mixed-gender unions change the time they allocate to housework in response to labor market promotions and terminations. Operating much like raises, such events have the potential to alter intra-household power dynamics. Using Australian panel data, we estimate couple-specific fixed effects models and find...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10741

This study provides evidence of the importance of cognitive and non-cognitive skills to enrollment in and completion of three types of vocational training (VET): education and health, technical, and business. Math and language exam scores constitute the key measures of cognitive skills; teacher-assigned grades the key measure of non-cognitive skills....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6965
published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2016, 14 (4), 829-857.

A substantial and growing fraction of children across Europe and the US live in single parent households. Law practices are evolving to encourage both parents to maintain contact with their children following parental separation/divorce, driven by the belief that such contact is in the best interest of the child. We...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6436
published in: American Economic Review, 2012, 102(3), 606-611

The time devoted to housework in couple households is substantial. Research on intrahousehold time allocations has generally assumed that housework is a necessary evil and that the partner with the lower opportunity cost of time in the market will devote more time to home production. In reality, households/individuals are likely...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5253
published as 'Maids, Appliances and Couples' Housework: The Demand for Inputs to Domestic Production' in: Economica, 2014, 81 (323), 445-467

This paper analyzes households' demand for time inputs to domestic services, modeling simultaneously the decision to purchase services in the market and the time spent on weekend and weekday days by each partner on routine household chores. By focusing on cleaning, laundry, and ironing, we reduce the likelihood that preferences...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4374
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2011, 33, 1-44

We investigate how household disadvantage affects the time use of 15-18 year-olds using 2003-2006 data from the American Time Use Survey. Applying competing-risk hazard models, we distinguish between the incidence and duration of activities and incorporate the daily time constraint. We find that teens living in disadvantaged households spend less...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3773
published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2010, 8 (3), 325-343

We exploit time use data from Denmark and the United States to examine the impact institutions and social norms have on individuals' bargaining power within a household, hypothesizing that the more generous social welfare system and more egalitarian social norms in Denmark will mitigate the impact standard economic power measures...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2777
published in: Social Science Quarterly, 2008, 89 (4), 1023-1043

Objective: Focusing on housework activities, we construct a gender neutral composite index measure of intrahousehold specialization. We hypothesize that the degree of specialization is influenced by economic notions of efficiency, as well as by time constraints and egalitarian values. Methods: Employing time use data on US and Danish couples, we...