Determinants of Leisure Time Use in Turkey

Kızılırmak A., Köse T.

Gazi İktisat ve İşletme Dergisi, vol.5, no.1, pp.60-72, 2019


Effective use of time is essential for productivity of individuals in labor force of a country. This study examines determinants of individuals’ time spent on leisure activities such as cultural activities, sports activities and socializing in Turkey. Associations between amount of time devoted to leisure time activities and socio-demographic variables such as gender, age, education level, household income level, marital status, employment status, health status and child care time are explored. For this purpose, this study employs TurkStat Time Use Survey of 2014-2015 and estimates seemingly unrelated regression model for empirical analysis. Findings indicate that individuals spend more time in socializing in Turkey. Age, education level, marital status, health status, employment status, child care time and household income level display significant associations with time spent on different leisure activities in Turkey.