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Handbook on the Economics of Leisure

Handbook on the Economics of Leisure

Elgar original reference

Edited by Samuel Cameron

Surprisingly, the field of leisure economics is not, thus far, a particularly integrated or coherent one. In this Handbook a wide ranging body of international scholars get to grips with the core issues, taking in the traditional income/leisure choice model of textbook microeconomics and Becker’s allocation of time model along the way. They expertly apply economics to some usually neglected topics, such as boredom and sleeping, work–life balance, dating, tourism, health and fitness, sport, video games, social networking, music festivals and sex. Contributions from further afield by Veblen, Sctivosky and Bourdieu also feature prominently.

Introduction

Edited by Samuel Cameron

Subjects: development studies, tourism, economics and finance, cultural economics, sports, environment, tourism, geography, tourism, social policy and sociology, sociology and sociological theory

Extract

The field of leisure represents something of a problem in economics. Since the very beginning of the formalization of economic theory there has been a concept of leisure in economic models. As leisure industries generate substantial revenues there have also been applied economic studies of leisure. More recently the focus of economics has shifted to the measurement of subjective well-being or happiness in particular looking for answers to the crass and ancient question of ‘what makes us happy?’. Despite these three threads, we do not have a consistent body of study of the economics of leisure. Partly this is because leisure is a difficult and complex commodity to fit into a maximization-based framework. It is to be hoped that the subjective well-being vogue will bring advances in the integration of leisure activities into the main body of economics. It is unlikely that this can be achieved without some interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. Accordingly, this volume brings together a number of scholars who are primarily economists, but it also takes account of various useful ideas from marketing, anthropology and psychology. ix M2758 - CAMERON 9781848444041 PRINT.indd ix 26/10/2011 12:25 M2758 - CAMERON 9781848444041 PRINT.indd x 26/10/2011 12:25