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Sydney Ideas: How we spend time

Who is stressed for time, and why?

How does our identity determine how we use our time?

Economist Daniel Hamermesh will discuss the role of income inequality and how it affects the things we buy and do.

He presents a radical proposal to reassess what we value with our time.

Which country works the most; what are the trends and consequences of this? How many hours do people spend watching TV?

Time is the ultimate scarce resource, which makes it the perfect topic for economics. We’re limited by the number of hours, days and years in our lives; so what we choose to spend our time on – and why we do so – offers intriguing insights.

Daniel draws on his latest book, Spending Time, to reveal some surprising conclusions about how our country, culture, class, ethnicity and gender shape how we use our time, and provide similarities and differences across people of all backgrounds.

This event is free and open to all but online registrations are essential. Visit website for more information.



Monday 12 August 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm


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