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Temporal autonomy and how it is used : social and gender inequalities in reconciling work and leisure

Groupe des Écoles Nationales d'Économie et Statistique - PALAISEAU - 2019

In a standard neoclassical approach, workers reason and act as homo oeconomicus, and rationally split their time between work and leisure based on income alone. While sociologists have widely examined social determinants of work-leisure tradeoff, very few have connected to temporal autonomy and its intricacies. How free can workers be to choose between work and leisure ? Depending on their freedom, what do they choose ? And how much utility do they get ? This research aims at deconstructing “work-leisure tradeoff” by connecting it to workers’ type and degree of freedom in time allocation. Using both quantitative analysis and qualitative interviews based on the French Working Conditions panel survey, this project will shed light on inequalities in temporal autonomy and their objective consequences (time use) and subjective consequences (temporal dispositions) on workers’ daily lives. This project will thus explore in a new way the social inequalities that have arisen from work organization.