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Explorations: Time-use surveys in the south

  • Valeria Esquivel
  • Debbie Budlender
  • Nancy Folbre
  • Indira Hirway

Time-use surveys show how individuals spend their time during the day or week, which provides evidence of the gendered division of labor within households and the interdependence of women's and men's paid and unpaid work. Time-use experts in the South face similar challenges to those working in other countries, but they also have to come to terms with the restrictions faced in less developed contexts�-�notably higher illiteracy rates and limited statistical budgets. These Explorations bring together contributions from three experts on time-use survey design and administration working in three diverse Southern regions to highlight the ongoing processes of learning-by-doing and of building local expertise in these regions. Their discussion of methodological and logistical issues holds particular relevance for developing countries moving toward the implementation of time-use surveys. It also bears on more general feminist concerns regarding the classification and measurement of unpaid care.

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

Volume (Year): 14 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 107-152

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