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Estimating Unpaid Care Work: Methodological Issues in Time Use Surveys

Feminist economists have been working on making visible the contribution of women to the economy. Time use surveys which were originally designed to capture women's contribution in unpaid productive work are now increasingly being used to understand and measure unpaid care work. However, these surveys are often designed within a very limited and simplistic understanding of care work, caregivers and the relationship that governs such work. The 1998-99 time use survey conducted by the Central Statistical Organisation is the only large-scale one on unpaid care in India. This paper critically discusses the scope, design/methodology of the survey and raises issues that are significant in capturing unpaid care work.

REVIEW OF WOMEN S STUDIES

Estimating Unpaid Care Work: Methodological Issues in Time Use Surveys

Neetha N

Feminist economists have been working on making visible the contribution of women to the economy. Time use surveys which were originally designed to capture women’s contribution in unpaid productive work are now increasingly being used to understand and measure unpaid care work. However, these surveys are often designed within a very limited and simplistic understanding of care work, caregivers and the relationship that governs such work. The 1998-99 time use survey conducted by the Central Statistical Organisation is the only large-scale one on unpaid care in India. This paper critically discusses the scope, design/ methodology of the survey and raises issues that are significant in capturing unpaid care work.

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