The Economics of Leisure - The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics Series 200 (Hardback)
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The Economics of Leisure - The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics Series 200 (Hardback)

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Hardback 1040 Pages / Published: 21/12/2006
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This authoritative two-volume collection presents a comprehensive set of key articles that address the economics of leisure, arranged in a manner that facilitates the understanding of the subject. The editor's perceptive introduction highlights the contribution of each article, provides an assessment of the current state of the available literature and draws attention to those areas that are worthy of more research effort. Volume I comprises perspectives on leisure and work as typified by Weber's protestant ethic, Veblen's theory of the leisure class, psychological economics, neoclassical economics and Becker's theory of time allocation. Extensions and applications of the neoclassical theory of demand for leisure-time versus work and contributions on welfare attributes of leisure and the consequences of leisure for human well-being are also included. In Volume II the impact of taxation on work-leisure choices is discussed, together with the demand for particular leisure commodities. Varied, and sometimes controversial, perspectives on the relationship between economic development and trends in leisure-time are explored, and miscellaneous topics such as voluntary labour, applications of characteristics theory, leisure and international trade, and changing technologies and leisure are also covered. This book will be of immense interest to economists, sociologists, psychologists, and those involved in social and leisure studies.

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781840648232
Number of pages: 1040
Dimensions: 169 x 244 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`The desire for leisure affects time allocation decisions and labour market behaviour in complex ways. More generally, leisure is a key element in the well-being of individuals and societies. Clem Tisdell is an ideal economist to bring the literature in this fascinating area together and the resulting volume will become an essential resource for anyone working in this field.' -- David Throsby, Macquarie University, Australia
`Clem Tisdell continues to surprise us! This two-volume collection is breath-taking in scope, from the grand theories of Thorstein Veblen and Gary Becker on work, leisure, and consumption, to some very specific contributions to empirical understanding of recreation choices and values. Major sections focus on the work-leisure choice, taxation and leisure, trends in available leisure time, and demand for specific leisure activities. Contributions by economists are methodologically eclectic, and there are some important contributions from other social sciences. In some cases, controversies are pursued through article, comment, and reply. Original publication dates range from 1899 (Veblen) to 2003. With this collection at hand, tunnel vision is impossible: the leisure researcher simply cannot get away with a narrow methodological approach disconnected from the broader history of ideas.' -- Alan Randall, University of Sydney, Australia
`This book provides a comprehensive set of useful articles for reference purposes that address the economics of leisure and arranges these in a manner that assists the comprehension of the subject. The nature of the contribution of each article is highlighted in this overview which also helps to integrate the coverage of the collection. It provides an assessment of the current state of the available literature on the economics of leisure, identifies gaps in this literature and highlights areas that are worthy of more research effort.' -- From the introduction by Clem Tisdell

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