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Following the Crowd: Leisure Complementarities Beyond the Household

Simon Georges-Kot, Dominique Goux and Eric Maurin ()

No 8714, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Leisure externalities across households have potentially very important implications for labor market regulations, but they have proven difficult to identify. This paper exploits the unique features of school holidays and regulations about paid leave in France to identify how changes in the timing of work and leisure activities for individuals living with children affect the time use decisions of individuals living in other households. We find that exogenous increases in holidays for individuals living with children actually induce very significant increases in the demand for holidays from individuals living in other households. These positive interactions across households are all the more striking as exogenous increases in the number of individuals on holidays are also shown to be associated with very significant increases in the costs of holidays.

Keywords: social interactions; leisure demand; paid leave; school holidays (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 D62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 66 pages
Date: 2014-12
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Published in: Journal of Labor Economics, 2017, 35 (4), 1061-1088

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