Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/21236
Authors: 
Corneo, Giacomo
Year of Publication: 
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

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