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That Special Joie de Vivre

The OECD has released its Society at a Glance survey, which reveals some interesting social trends in OECD member countries. Floyd Norris points out that countries with fast eaters, including all of North America, have higher economic growth rates than slow-eating countries like France. In addition to leisurely meals, the French also enjoy the most sleep — 530 minutes on average compared to 469 minutes for Koreans. Gender inequality seems to be highest in Italy, where men have nearly 80 more minutes of leisure time a day than women due to less time spent on housework. (HT: Marginal Revolution) [%comments]