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Lights and Shadows of Household Satellite Accounts: The case of Catalonia, Spain


  • Cristina Carrasco
  • Monica Serrano


The construction of Household Satellite Accounts (HSAs) to value household production is not a new object of study. However, as their use has widened, research efforts have focused on resolving technical aspects of valuation assessment and far less attention has been paid to the underlying conceptual aspects. The purpose of this study is to contribute to improving the HSA as an analytical tool. Two approaches are proposed, drawing on existing data from Catalonia, Spain. The first approach involves incorporating the analysis of time as a key component of HSAs, making it possible to explore aspects of unpaid housework without the influence of monetary valuation. The second develops a new methodology that captures information on both housework and market work, overcoming some of the limitations of current databases used in the calculation of HSAs and allowing an analysis of the various interrelationships that exist between the two types of work.

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  • Cristina Carrasco & Monica Serrano, 2011. "Lights and Shadows of Household Satellite Accounts: The case of Catalonia, Spain," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(2), pages 63-85.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:17:y:2011:i:2:p:63-85
    DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2011.573483

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