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The Demand for Cultural Activities: a Time-Use Approach

Nisticò, Sergio (2013): The Demand for Cultural Activities: a Time-Use Approach.

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The aim of this paper is to cast the problem of the alternative between skilled, time-intensive and unskilled activities within an analytical framework wherein the individuals' choice problem is addressed in terms of alternative time-consuming activities rather than alternative bundles of goods and services. In particular, each activity is interpreted as a sort of productive process allowing pleasant time to be produced by consuming 'direct' unpleasant time plus the 'indirect' amount of unpleasant time equivalent to the market goods used up as inputs. The paper suggests that individuals might refrain from engaging in skilled, time-consuming activities because of the attractiveness of a certain, higher present-period rate of return of unskilled activities as opposed to the uncertainty of a possibly higher future-period rate of return obtainable through engagement in (more roundabout) skilled activities.

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