Contributors: Fellner, Wolfgang, Dr. (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Dr. Wolfgang Fellner ist Ökonom und arbeitet als Universitätsassistent am Institut für Regional- und Umweltwirtschaft der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. Vor kurzem erschien bei Springer sein Buch "Von der Güter- zur Aktivitätenökonomie: Zeitnutzung und endogene Präferenzen in einem Konsummodell".
Scientific paper contribution: Time use in an Alternative Degrowth Society
Abstract: A time use perspective in economics has to recognise that time is more than an input to commodities, produced by households. Time is not money! If anything, time is life. How we spend our time provides us with skills as well as information. It determines the formation of habits and preferences. The activities we pursue with great motivation and enthusiasm, be it paid work or any other activity, substantially influence our personal abilities, attitudes and perception of the world. Dealing with time use has the capacity to reveal cultural patterns detrimental to a degrowth society. It also has the capacity to find out about necessary societal changes. In this short presentation I try to make concrete recommendations how time use has to be changed to achieve an alternative degrowth society. Those recommendations also require institutional change and changes in corporate behaviour.