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Analysing the opportunity cost of gender inequality in leisure The study, presented by Mahou San Miguel, highlights that women have less free time than men. According to the most recent Time Use Survey by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), this equates to one hour and 37 minutes less free time every day.

Gender gap in leisure

Defined as all inequalities due to gender (which are therefore likely to be avoidable determinants of men and women’s availability and use of free time) and which demonstrate that “women have less free time than men” (specifically, as per the latest INE Time Use Survey, one hour and 37 minutes less free time per day).

Calculation of opportunity cost

The opportunity cost is the economic value of the alternative that women give up when they choose a specific action or expense. The economic value mentioned equals the benefits that would have been obtained had the best possible alternative been chosen. There is always an opportunity cost because the available resources are limited (due to money or time) and it is precisely this circumstance that forces women to choose between the possible options.

Previous studies by ClosinGap revealed, for example, that 40% of working people – both men and women – have a split working day with two hours for lunch, which means that there is one hour of free time left every day and, in general terms, 1,706 million hours of leisure time are lost in Spain.

Eduardo Petrossi CEO of Mahou San Miguel

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