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Time Use in Rural Areas: A Case Study in Turkey

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  • Erkan Erdil

    () (Department of Economics, METU)

  • Ozan Eruygur
  • Zehra Kasnakoglu

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This study aims to analyze rural household work and leisure time and how it is allocated among various activities and by socio-economic characteristics of individuals. The analysis is based on a survey carried out in two central Anatolian villages. Three time use questionnaires are administered between May-October 2003 during two different days of the week, an ordinary weekday and the day of the local bazaar. 138 household members from these two villages have participated in the survey. It is found that on the average, the villagers spend over half of their nonsleeping time on non-economic activities including personal development. The remaining time spent on agricultural and non-agricultural economic activities is about the same. Males on the average spend more time on all activities than females except for personal development. The results show that, time use patterns change during different days of the week and months of the year. It is also found that, there is a high correlation between time use patterns and socio-economic characteristics of the households. In general there are statistically significant differences in the average time devoted to activities by education and age groups. Finally, significant differences are observed in the time use patterns rather than magnitudes by gender. As expected, differentiation in men’s and women’s roles is observed in agricultural activities.

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  • Erkan Erdil & Ozan Eruygur & Zehra Kasnakoglu, 2006. "Time Use in Rural Areas: A Case Study in Turkey," ERC Working Papers 0602, ERC - Economic Research Center, Middle East Technical University, revised Jan 2006.
  • Handle: RePEc:met:wpaper:0602
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    Keywords

    Time Use surveys; rural households; agricultural activities;

    JEL classification:

    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets

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