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Diferencias de género en el bienestar de los adultos en el Reino Unido (2014-15)

Magaña, Diego (2023): Diferencias de género en el bienestar de los adultos en el Reino Unido (2014-15).

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This study examines the relationship between time allocation and well-being in UK adults, taking into account factors such as gender, health, presence of company and being at home. In a context of significant changes in population behaviors and recent technological advances, investigating this relationship becomes increasingly relevant and necessary. The objective is to understand how the distribution of time influences subjective well-being at an individual and social level. For this, an empirical approach is used that combines time theory and well-being, using data from the United Kingdom Time Use Survey (UKTUS, 2014-15). An ordinary least squares regression model is used, controlling demographic and socioeconomic variables. The results reveal that time spent on childcare and leisure is positively associated with well-being, while travel and paid work are associated with lower levels of well-being. Health and companionship during activities also play an important role in well-being. Furthermore, we found that unpaid work done at home is one of the main sources of gender differences. These findings support the importance of policies that encourage a healthy balance in daily life and provide an empirical basis for informed decisions about time use. Furthermore, at a social level, they can support the formulation of public policies aimed at improving work-life balance, child care and access to recreational and social activities.

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