Handbook on the Economics of Leisure
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Handbook on the Economics of Leisure

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.
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Chapter 1: Overview of the Economics of Leisure

Samuel Cameron


Samuel Cameron INTRODUCTION To illustrate the increasing importance of leisure, let me begin by quoting from the publicity burb of Trust (a Dutch company that supplies low-cost computing accessories and peripherals): Trust Computer Products provides a complete, innovative and affordable range of technological products. The key principle in developing products is to offer variation, pleasure, relaxation and excitement to the user, a principle Trust aims to fulfill. Thus a computer mouse or USB hub is designed to bring me variation, pleasure, relaxation and excitement. These are all things that I might reasonably expect to get from leisure. I would also be pleased to get them from work but probably would not be morally offended or mortally wounded if I did not. What has all this got to do with economics? It would be nice to be able to report that there was at least one journal of leisure economics and some kind of association of economics of leisure which has regular meetings. Alas, it is not so. However, there are related items in existence. For example, there are such journals as: Leisure Studies, the Journal of Cultural Economics, the Journal of Sports Economics, the Journal of Media Economics, the Journal of Leisure Research, the International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship, the Journal of Sport Behavior, Leisure Sciences, Sport Marketing Quarterly and also many tourism research-related journals. There are associations in the fields suggested by this list of journals. For example, the ACEI (Association of Cultural Economics International) meets biennially...

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