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What Women Are Worth? Valuation of the Care Economy in Various Regions of the World

  • Jacques Charmes
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Part of the Demographic Transformation and Socio-Economic Development book series (DTSD, volume 10)

Abstract

Among the obstacles towards achieving gender equality on the labour market and breaking the glass ceiling that prevents women to progress as rapidly as men in their job and career, the burden of homework and care work is one of the most insidious because it remains widely invisible, is still not well informed and is not actually taken into account by policies. Attempts to valuate the contribution of household production aiming to fill this gap are not new, but it is the 4th revision of the System of National Accounts in 1993 that suggested to build satellite accounts of household production, and detailed methodologies have been proposed since then. In the most recent period, several countries have conducted time-use surveys in order to progress towards such evaluations, and some of them regularly compute satellite accounts of unpaid work in the households. After assessing the importance of unpaid and paid work in a set of 26 countries in the Middle East North Africa region, sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Latin America that conducted time-use surveys and at least some valuation works on household production since the mid of the years 2000s, a comparison is made of various estimates of the size of the care economy in these countries.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacques Charmes
    • 1
  1. 1.IRD University of Paris DescartesParisFrance

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