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"Time to do chores?" Factoring home-production needs into measures of poverty


  • R. A. Douthitt


Currently, income is the only resource that the government takes into account when measuring poverty. But in order for a family to maintain an adequate standard of living, its members must not only have money, but the time to do certain kinds of work in the home: child care, food shopping, meal preparation, laundry, housecleaning, and the like. With this in mind, the author recalculates poverty rates using a method developed by Vickery (1977) in which time is factored in as a resource. She finds that poverty rates increase dramatically when time is factored in as a resource, because working parents, especially single parents, often do not have enough time to perform essential tasks. Data are from the 1985 American Time Use survey.

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  • R. A. Douthitt, "undated". ""Time to do chores?" Factoring home-production needs into measures of poverty," Institute for Research on Poverty Discussion Papers 1030-94, University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty.
  • Handle: RePEc:wop:wispod:1030-94

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    1. 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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