Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/62478
Authors: 
Sevilla, Almudena
Gimenez-Nadal, J. Ignacio
Gershuny, Jonathan I.
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6708
Abstract: 
This paper exploits the complex sequential structure of the diary data in the American Heritage Time Use Study (AHTUS) and constructs three classes of indicators that capture the quality of leisure ('pure leisure', 'co-present leisure' and 'leisure fragmentation') to show that the relative growth in leisure time enjoyed by less-educated individuals documented in previous studies has been accompanied by a relative decrease in the quality of that leisure time. These results are not driven by any single leisure activity, such as time watching television. Our findings may offer a more comprehensive picture of inequality in the US and provide a basis for weighing the relative decline in earnings and consumption for the less educated against the simultaneous relative growth of leisure.
Subjects: 
leisure
inequality
income
wages
consumption
time-use
happiness
JEL: 
C13
C23
D13
J12
J16
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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