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Title:Work and Television PDF Logo
Authors:Corneo, Giacomo
Issue Date:2001
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 376
Abstract: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.
Subjects:Television viewing
work hours
relational goods
JEL:J2
H0
D1
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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