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Gender, Work Intensity, and Well-Being of Thai Home-Based Workers

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  • Maria Floro
  • Anant Pichetpongsa
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    The contribution explores the time-use dimensions of the individual well-being of home-based workers in Thailand's urban squatter communities to demonstrate how time-use patterns provide information regarding individual experiences in performing economic activities that affect quality of life. The study focuses on two groups of home-based workers: the self-employed, and those who work for a contractor. Using an individual-level well-being index that takes into account income, the capabilities related to education, and work intensity, the authors examine by OLS and GME techniques the varied factors that affect the well-being of home-based workers. The findings show that women workers experience a higher incidence of work intensity and hence lower quality of life compared with men. A better understanding of the factors that promote or lower well-being can help policy-makers design more effective programs and economic and social policies.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Feminist Economics.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 5-44

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    Keywords: Well-being; time use; work intensity; home-based workers; informal sector;

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    Cited by:
    1. Naidu, Sirisha C., 2013. "Legal exclusions, private wealth and livelihoods: An analysis of work time allocation in protected areas," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(C), pages 82-91.
    2. Amit Basole & Deepankar Basu & Rajesh Bhattacharya, 2014. "Determinants and Impact of Subcontracting: Evidence from India’s Informal Manufacturing Sector," Working Papers 2014_08, University of Massachusetts Boston, Economics Department.

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