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Accounting for total work in labour statistics (Der Gesamtbetrag der Arbeit in den Arbeitsmarktstatistiken)


  • Brandolini, Andrea
  • Viviano, Eliana


"The interest for household production has grown since the release of the new System of National Accounts in 2008. In this paper we analyse how accounting for own-use production may affect labour statistics. Traditional headcount ratios may not be very informative when employment rates consider both home and market production, as most people are engaged in at least one of those activities. Hence, we propose a general class of indices based on the hours spent on each type of work that encompasses headcount indicators as a special case. Our empirical analysis based on time use data for a selected group of countries shows that international rankings are sensitive to the shift from headcounts to hour-weighted indices and that accounting for own-use production changes considerably the picture on the work burden of men and women." (Author's abstract, © Springer-Verlag) ((en))

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  • Brandolini, Andrea & Viviano, Eliana, 2016. "Accounting for total work in labour statistics (Der Gesamtbetrag der Arbeit in den Arbeitsmarktstatistiken)," Journal for Labour Market Research, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany], vol. 49(3), pages 199-212.
  • Handle: RePEc:iab:iabjlr:v:2016:i:3:p:199-212
    DOI: 10.1007/s12651-016-0205-1

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    Eigenarbeit; private Haushalte; Wertschöpfung; volkswirtschaftliche Gesamtrechnung; Arbeitsstatistik; Erwerbsarbeit; Hausarbeit; Arbeitszeit; Arbeitsintensität; Männer; Frauen; Zeitverwendung - internationaler Vergleich; Frankreich; Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Italien; Niederlande; Großbritannien; USA;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure


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