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Title:Keeping in touch: a benefit of public holidays PDF Logo
Authors:Merz, Joachim
Osberg, Lars
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 2089
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 (13 to 17) in public holidays across German Länder and the German Time Use Survey of 2001-02 to show that public holidays have beneficial impacts on social life on normal weekdays and weekends. Since these benefits are additional to the other benefits of holidays, it suggests that there is a case to be made for more public holidays.
Subjects:public holidays
social contacts
social leisure time
time allocation
time use diaries
German Budget Survey 2001/02
JEL:J22
I31
Z13
H40
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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