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Work and Television

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  • Corneo, Giacomo

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Evidence from a sample of countries show that people roughly spend as much time watching television as earning their living. Moreover, television viewing and work hours are positively correlated across countries. A simple model based on complementarities in the organization of free time is developed that explains such a pattern as resulting from multiple equilibria. In this model the equilibria can be inversely Pareto-ranked by their amount of television viewing. Arguments are offered to explain why in some countries a Pareto-inferior equilibrium might have come into being.

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  • Corneo, Giacomo, 2001. "Work and Television," IZA Discussion Papers 376, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp376
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    Keywords

    Television viewing; work hours; relational goods;

    JEL classification:

    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • H0 - Public Economics - - General
    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior

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