Time use studies and unpaid care work

Time use studies and unpaid care work

This compilation of writing focuses on unpaid care work, the majority of which is performed by women. Although this work has significant implications for the wellbeing of individuals, households and communities, it has been widely neglected by economists and development actors. This publication discusses seven countries in depth: five of which are developing (Tanzania, South Africa, India, Nicaragua and Argentina), one that was considered developing until recently (the Republic of Korea), and one developed nation (Japan). Data is drawn from large scale time use surveys. Patterns of paid and unpaid work are examined, paying particular attention to variables such as gender, race and class. A major finding is that data collection and analysis of unpaid care work must be grounded in specific contexts, rather than assuming common patterns, due to the many differences between countries. The chapters are as follows:

1-What do time use studies tell us about unpaid care work? Evidence from seven countries, Debbie Budlender
2-Tanzania: Care in the context of HIV and AIDS, Debbie Budlender
3-South Africa: When marriage and the nuclear family are not the norm, Debbie Budlender
4-Unpaid care work: Analysis of the Indian time use data, Neetha N. and Rajni Palriwala
5-Republic of Korea: Analysis of time use survey on work and care, Mi-young An
6-Analysis of time use surveys on work and care in Japan, Yuko Tamiya and Masato Shikata
7-The case of Nicaragua, Isolda Espinosa González
8-Unpaid care work in the city of Buenos Aires, Valeria Esquivel

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) as well as several other intergovernmental and national government bodies contributed to the production of this publication.

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