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Work, Rest, and Play: Exploring Trends in Time Allocation in Canada and the United States


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  • McFarlane, Adian
  • Tedds, Lindsay


We control for demographic changes to document trends in the allocation of time using time diary data for Canada (1986 to 2005) and the United States (1985 to 2005). We find that (1) in 2005, average weekly hours spent on market work is higher in Canada than in the U.S. (37.29 vs. 33.29) , (2) between 1986 and 2005 market work increased by an average of 3.75 hours per week in Canada, but in the U.S it remained relatively stable, and (3) over the sample period, leisure time increased in the U.S., but fell in Canada. In addition, the least educated enjoy more leisure relative to the most highly educated in both countries but this inequality is narrowing for Canadian men.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 4211.

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Date of creation: Jul 2007
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:4211

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Keywords: Market Work; Home Production; Leisure; Time Use;

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  1. Fuess, Jr., Scott M., 2006. "Leisure Time in Japan: How Much and for Whom?," IZA Discussion Papers 2002, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Mark Aguiar & Erik Hurst, 2006. "Measuring trends in leisure: the allocation of time over five decades," Working Papers 06-2, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
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