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The Increase in Leisure Inequality

Mark Aguiar

Princeton University

Erik Hurst

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

March 2008

NBER Working Paper No. w13837

This paper examines the changing allocation of time within the United States that has occurred between 1965 and 2003-2005. We find that the time individuals have allocated to leisure has increased in the U.S. for both men and women during this period, with almost the entire gain occurring prior to 1985. We also find that post 1985 there has been a substantial increase in leisure inequality, particularly for men. Over the last 20 years, less educated men increased the time they allocated to leisure while more educated men recorded a decrease in leisure time. While the relative decline in the employment rate of less educated men is important, trends in employment status explain less than half of the increase in the leisure gap.

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Date posted: March 10, 2008  

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Aguiar, Mark and Hurst, Erik, The Increase in Leisure Inequality (March 2008). NBER Working Paper No. w13837. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1104174

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Mark Aguiar
Princeton University ( email )
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Erik Hurst (Contact Author)
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )
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