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Keeping in touch – A benefit of public holidays using time use diary data

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  • Joachim Merz

    () (Department of Economic, Law and Behavioural Social Sciences Leuphana University Lüneburg Research Institute on Professions (Forschungsinstitut Freie Berufe, FFB))

  • Lars Osberg

    () (Department of Economics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)

Abstract

This paper argues that public holidays facilitate the co-ordination of leisure time but do not constrain the annual amount of leisure. Public holidays therefore have benefits both in the utility of leisure on holidays and (by enabling people to maintain social contacts more easily) in increasing the utility of leisure on normal weekdays and weekends. The paper uses the variation in public holidays across German Länder based on more than 37.000 individual diary data of the actual German Time Use Survey of 2001-02 to illustrate the positive association between more public holidays and social life on normal weekdays and weekends. These benefits are additional to the other, direct benefits of public holidays.

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  • Joachim Merz & Lars Osberg, 2009. "Keeping in touch – A benefit of public holidays using time use diary data," electronic International Journal of Time Use Research, Research Institute on Professions (Forschungsinstitut Freie Berufe (FFB)) and The International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR), vol. 6(1), pages 130-166, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:leu:journl:2009:vol6:issue1:p130-166
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    1. Joachim Merz & Tim Rathjen, 2014. "Time And Income Poverty: An Interdependent Multidimensional Poverty Approach With German Time Use Diary Data," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 60(3), pages 450-479, September.
    2. Benedetto Gui, 2013. "Relational goods," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Economics of Reciprocity and Social Enterprise, chapter 30, pages 295-305 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Keywords

    Public holidays; social contacts; social leisure time; time allocation; time use diaries; German Time Budget Survey 2001/02;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • Z31 - Other Special Topics - - Tourism Economics - - - Industry Studies
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General

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