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Is America’s National Pastime too time consuming?

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  • Burger, John D.
  • Walters, Stephen J.K.

Abstract

World Series telecasts are now an inferior good. Income and the time cost of consumption interact so that a ten percent income increase reduces viewership by 1.8 million households. Increased availability of substitutes reduces ratings but increased drama improves them.

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  • Burger, John D. & Walters, Stephen J.K., 2012. "Is America’s National Pastime too time consuming?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 115(2), pages 204-206.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:2:p:204-206
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.12.011
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    1. Raymond B. Palmquist & Daniel J. Phaneuf & V. Kerry Smith, 2007. "Measuring the Values for Time," NBER Working Papers 13594, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. DeSerpa, A C, 1971. "A Theory of the Economics of Time," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 81(324), pages 828-846, December.
    3. Raymond Palmquist & Daniel Phaneuf & V. Smith, 2010. "Short Run Constraints and the Increasing Marginal Value of Time in Recreation," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 46(1), pages 19-41, May.
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    Keywords

    Time value; Television; Baseball;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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