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GDP and the Value of Family Caretaking: How Much Does Europe Care?

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  • Giannelli, Gianna Claudia

    ()
    (University of Florence)

  • Mangiavacchi, Lucia

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    (University of the Balearic Islands)

  • Piccoli, Luca

    ()
    (University of the Balearic Islands)

Abstract

This study estimates the size and value of unpaid family caretaking activities at a European level. While at a country level several studies are available, a comprehensive evaluation for Europe as a whole was missing so far, mainly due to data limitations. This paper fills this gap using a method that merges the information of an EU household survey (EU-SILC) with a time use survey (HETUS). Monetary values of unpaid family domestic work and unpaid family childcare work are obtained applying both the opportunity cost and the market replacement approaches. For Europe as a whole, the total value of these activities ranges between 20.1 per cent and 36.8 per cent of the EU GDP, depending on the applied methodology. The national values of these activities are discussed and an interpretation of the country differentials in the family caretaking gender gaps is given in terms of differences in culture, economic development and welfare state.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5046.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2010
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Publication status: published in: Applied Economics, 2012, 44(16), 2111-2131.
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Keywords: market replacement approach; gender inequality; unpaid domestic work; family care work; opportunity cost;

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  1. Jens Bonke & Mette Deding & Mette Lausten & Leslie S. Stratton, 2008. "Intra-Household Specialization in Housework in the United States and Denmark," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 89(4), pages 1023-1043.
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  1. de la Croix, David & Pierrard, Olivier & Sneessens, Henri R., 2010. "Aging and Pensions in General Equilibrium: Labor Market Imperfections Matter," IZA Discussion Papers 5276, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Grossbard, Shoshana & Mukhopadhyay, Sankar, 2012. "Children, Spousal Love, and Happiness: An Economic Analysis," IZA Discussion Papers 7119, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Luca Marchiori & Olivier Pierrard, 2012. "LOLA 2.0: Luxembourg OverLapping generation model for policy Analysis," BCL working papers 76, Central Bank of Luxembourg.

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