IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

The Allocation of Time to Sports and Cultural Activities: An Analysis of Individual Decisions


  • Cristina Muñiz

    () (University of Oviedo)

  • Plácido Rodríguez

    () (University of Oviedo)

  • María J. Suárez

    () (Fundación Observatorio Económico del Deporte)


Participation in sports and participation in cultural activities are usually considered separately in economic empirical studies. Because both of these activities are forms of leisure, this paper analyzes the determination of their consumption as joint and related decisions. Our theoretical framework is the neoclassical theory of the allocation of time. Our empirical analysis begins with a Constant Elasticity Substitution (CES) utility function, which we use to estimate the decision to participate in sports and cultural activities in the first stage. Conditional on the results of this stage, we then estimate the amount of time allocated to these activities. The data come from the Time Use Survey implemented by the National Statistics Office (INE) in 2002-2003. In this survey, the time allocated to sports and cultural activities in a single day is collected for each individual in detail. The results reveal a complementary relationship between the two activities and suggest that males and females exhibit different behaviors.

Suggested Citation

  • Cristina Muñiz & Plácido Rodríguez & María J. Suárez, 2011. "The Allocation of Time to Sports and Cultural Activities: An Analysis of Individual Decisions," International Journal of Sport Finance, Fitness Information Technology, vol. 6(3), pages 245-264, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:jsf:intjsf:v:6:y:2011:i:3:p:245-264

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Full-text download requires subscription from FIT.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Muñiz, Cristina & Rodríguez, Plácido & Suárez, María J., 2014. "Sports and cultural habits by gender: An application using count data models," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 288-297.

    More about this item


    sports demand; cultural demand; constant elasticity substitution; seemingly unrelated regression;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:jsf:intjsf:v:6:y:2011:i:3:p:245-264. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Victor Matheson). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.