Society at a Glance 2011
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Society at a Glance 2011

OECD Social Indicators

This sixth edition of Society at a Glance, OECD's biennial overview of social indicators,  updates some indicators from previous volumes and introduces several new ones. It also features a special chapter on unpaid work. It includes data on the four newest OECD members: Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia. Where available, data on major emerging economies Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa are also included. 

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Publication Date :
12 Apr 2011
DOI :
10.1787/soc_glance-2011-en
 
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Cooking and Caring, Building and Repairing

Unpaid Work around the World You or your institution have access to this content

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10.1787/soc_glance-2011-3-en

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Families devote substantial unpaid time to productive activities such as cooking, cleaning and caring. This unpaid work increases overall consumption of goods and services and represents implicit income (Becker, 1965). As countries industrialise, a large part of the household production of food, clothing and caring for family members may be transferred to markets and purchased by families. At a national level, well-being is often proxied by aggregate income or production per head (e.g. GDP per capita) and changes in well-being by the corresponding growth rate. But levels of well-being will be underreported if there is a considerable amount of unpaid work. Additionally, well-being gains will be over-reported if GDP growth occurs because of reductions in unpaid work and increases in paid work (Stiglitz et al., 2009).
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