Quotation Fellner, Wolfgang. 2017. Work and Leisure: Money, Identity, and Playfulness. In: Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics: Nature and Society, Hrsg. Clive L. Spash, 214-223. New York: Routledge.




This chapter deals with the (mis-)conception of work and leisure in orthodox economics. Based on critique of the ‘disutility theory of labour’ and the labour market model, it proposes an alternative approach. Besides earning income (i.e. instrumental benefit), the chapter identifies and emphasizes certain non-instrumental benefits from paid work: identity related benefits (i.e. a sense of meaning and a sense of belonging) and playfulness. If these non-instrumental benefits are missing or greatly underrepresented in paid work they may cause distress and alienation. Incorporating the neglected non-instrumental benefits into economic concepts of paid work, behaviour, well-being and development allows to overcome central deficits of orthodox economic theory. Issues like the effects of a redistribution and reduction in working hours as well as increased quality of paid work can be addressed by the proposed approach.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Work and Leisure: Money, Identity, and Playfulness
Title of whole publication Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics: Nature and Society
Editor Clive L. Spash
Page from 214
Page to 223
Location New York
Publisher Routledge
Year 2017
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Ecological-Economics/Spash/p/book/9781138931510
ISBN 978-1-138-93151-0


Fellner, Wolfgang (Former researcher)
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5335 Political economic theory (Details)
5903 Labour market policy (Details)
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