Nobody to Play with? The Implications of Leisure Coordination

36 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2003

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Stephen P. Jenkins

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Social Policy and Administration; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Lars Osberg

Dalhousie University - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 2003

Abstract

We hypothesize that an individual's time use choices are contingent on the time use choices of others because the utility derived from leisure time often benefits from the presence of companionable others inside and outside the household. We develop a model of time use, and demonstrate that its consistency with the behaviour of British working couples in the 1990s. We present evidence of the synchronisation of working hours by spouses and report estimates indicating that propensities to engage in associative activity depend on the availability of Suitable Leisure Companions outside the household. Our results indicate the importance of externalities in the working time decisions of individuals.

Keywords: time use, leisure, labour supply, work hours

JEL Classification: D13, I31, J22

Suggested Citation

Jenkins, Stephen P. and Osberg, Lars Spencer, Nobody to Play with? The Implications of Leisure Coordination (August 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=435340

Stephen P. Jenkins (Contact Author)

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Lars Spencer Osberg

Dalhousie University - Department of Economics ( email )

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