Special Focus: Measuring Leisure in OECD Countries: Book Excerpt

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Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
This is Chapter 2 of Society at a Glance 2009: OECD Social Indicators. ISBN 978-92-64-04938-3.
This chapter provides a short literature review of the economic determinants of leisure time. It then examines leisure across the OECD as the residual time not spent in paid work. Although this residual approach to the data is not ideal, it does allow considerations of leisure for the largest possible cross-section/time series of countries across the OECD. A further contextualisation of leisure time is then undertaken, considering a very broad-brush allocation of time over the adult life cycle. This contextualisation is done for an average OECD country in terms of years before compulsory education, years of schooling, years before labour market entry, years not in paid work, years in work, and years in retirement for males and females.

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