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A multidimensional time use and well-being index: a proposal for Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay

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  • Benvin, Evelyn
  • Rivera, Elizabeth
  • Tromben, Varinia

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This article aims to develop a multidimensional index by integrating time use and well-being dimensions and proposes a conceptual framework based on the assets and the human capabilities approaches. The components of the index identify deprivations, which are understood to be barriers to the development of human capabilities and social justice. The optimum objective is to look beyond monetary metrics when identifying indicators that can better explain how the population, rather than the economy, is progressing and being guided by the principles of distributive justice. This study implements the Alkire-Foster identification and aggregation method (2007 and 2013) and shows the results for four Latin American countries (Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay), using time-use surveys and distinguishing by household type.

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  • Benvin, Evelyn & Rivera, Elizabeth & Tromben, Varinia, 2016. "A multidimensional time use and well-being index: a proposal for Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay," Revista CEPAL, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), April.
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    Keywords

    BIENESTAR SOCIAL; EMPLEO DE LA MUJER; IGUALDAD DE REMUNERACION; INDICADORES SOCIALES; ESTADISTICAS DEL USO DEL TIEMPO; SOCIAL WELFARE; WOMEN'S EMPLOYMENT; EQUAL PAY; SOCIAL INDICATORS; TIME USE STATISTICS;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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