LCC Seminar: Hannah Schildberg-Hörisch
The School of Economics invites you to a School seminar by Hannah Schildberg-Hörisch (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf).
Does the provision of time resources reduce stress? Causal evidence
Thomas Dohmen (Universität Bonn), Armin Falk (Universität Bonn) and Fabian Kosse (Universität München)
This study presents descriptive and causal evidence on the role of time resources on chronic stress. In a first step, we show that time scarcity originating from responsibilities for childcare is related to both subjective well-being and a physiological stress marker (hair cortisol concentration) of mothers. In a second step, we provide causal evidence that children’s participation in a mentoring program (one afternoon per week for about nine months) significantly reduces subjectively perceived time scarcity of mothers and objectively measured chronic stress. Additionally, we investigate heterogeneous treatment effects and find that mothers who reported particularly high levels of time scarcity at baseline respond most strongly to their children’s mentoring treatment. Overall, our findings imply that a reduction of time scarcity decreases maternal chronic stress, which, in turn, is likely to have extensive health benefits for mothers and positive effects on their children’s outcomes.