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National Utility: measuring the enjoyment of activities

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Publication date

2013

Summary

This article applies a sociologically informed theoretical perspective on time allocation—assuming that choices are made by actors who are embedded within constrained sequences of daily activity—in empirical estimations of mean and marginal utilities for a comprehensive list of daily activities. It uses data from two time diary surveys, one from the USA and one from the UK, which register the respondents’ levels of enjoyment of each diary event. Remarkable similarities emerge between the estimates for the two countries. Time use samples from a range of countries and historical periods are compared which suggest the possibility that, despite substantial economic growth during the last third of the 20th century, aggregate National Utility may have actually declined for some groups in some developed countries.

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European Sociological Review

Volume and page numbers

29 , 996 -1009

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcs077

ISSN

16

Subjects

Time Use and Sociology Of Households

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1614272~S5

Notes

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