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Consuming Knowledge: Studying Knowledge Use in Leisure and Work

Consuming Knowledge: Studying Knowledge Use in Leisure and Work

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While consumers are recognized as valuing market goods and services for the activities they can construct from them in the frameworks of several disciplines, consequences of the characteristics of goods and services they use in these activities have not been well studied. In this book, knowledge-yielding and conventional goods and services are contrasted as factors in the construction of activities that consumers engage in when they are not in the workplace. Consumers are seen as deciding on non-work activities and the inputs to these activities according to their objectives, and the values and accumulated skills they hold. It is suggested that knowledge content in these activities can be efficient for consumer objectives and also have important externalities through its effect on productivity at work and economic growth. The exposition seeks to elaborate these points and contribute to multi-disciplinary dialogue on consumption.

+ Introduction: Consuming Knowledge
+ Dimensioning Consumption: The Use of Knowledge in Non-Work Activities
+ The Construct of the Valuing of Knowledge and Personal Consumption Expenditure in the U.S. National Accounts 1929--1989
+ The Interaction of Non-Work and Work Activities: Cross-Domain Transfers of Skill and Affect
+ Integrating Non-Work Activities into Frameworks of Economic Growth
+ Directions for the Study of Knowledge Use in Non-Work Activities