The Distribution of Leisure Time Across Countries and Over Time
AbstractIn this paper, we use time-use surveys to examine trends in the allocation of time in five industrialized countries over the last thirty years. Adjusting for changing demographics, we find that leisure time across countries has converged over this period. Specifically, leisure time has declined five to eight hours in countries with high leisure levels thirty years ago and has increased around one hour in the other countries. For men the reduction in leisure was driven by an increase in nonmarket work, while women dramatically increased time allocated to market work and decreased nonmarket work time. Lastly, we show that like in the USA leisure inequality increased in all countries of our sample.
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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Time Use; Leisure Inequality; Cross-Country Comparison; MTUS;
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