ERIC Number: ED156950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
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The Valuation of Housework: A Problem of Conceptualization and Measurement.
Liskov, Adele H.
Since "work" shifted from the household to the factory, it was not surprising that economics ignored the household as workplace. As a result, housework has not been defined as work. The productive basis of domestic labor, while having been transformed during industrialism, is nevertheless socially and economically productive. Economic productivity of the household under advanced capitalism has remained hidden by the male definers of productivity and worth. Attempts to measure the worth of household labor are confined to time allocation analysis and the market cost approach. Despite the weaknesses of these methods, studies have revealed the substantial economic contribution of the household to the national economy. A domestic wage would, therefore, be justified by the economic and social value contributed by the household sector. Policy proposals for establishing a domestic wage include allowing an income deduction for household labor, or establishing a Household Trust Fund implemented in much the same fashion as the Social Security fund. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (72nd, Chicago, Illinois, September 5-9, 1977)