All over the industrialised world nothing is more sacred to a worker than his annual holiday — it is the symbol of leisure. Whether we are talking about eastern or western Europe, paid leave from work has almost been deified. One of the major goals of West European industrial workers in the postwar period has been to press for increased length of holidays. Holidays demand a different decision in the Work-leisure calculus. We have seen that there are incentives and pressures for Soviet citizens to work, rather than take their holidays. But if a decision is made to give up holiday time, then Soviet workers sacrifice the only long period of leisure time available during the year. While there are workers who do give up their leave in order to earn income, the more dominant feature of the Soviet scene has been the dramatic increase in the number of urbanites who devote their holidays to leisure. This is in spite of the fact that state resources devoted to holiday facilities have been dispensed in a niggardly fashion. The increase in income and education has increased the demand for holidays, but at the present time Soviet citizens must go it on their own rather than depend on the state to provide them with holiday facilities.


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  • William Moskoff
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  1. 1.Department of Economics and BusinessLake Forest CollegeIllinoisUSA

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