Care work and the demographic composition of households: two Asian cases

Elizabeth M. King, Hannah L. Randolph, Jooyeoun Suh

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Abstract

Who provides unpaid caregiving within the household is of economic and policy relevance. This paper examines how care activities are shared among household members, the extent to which women and men substitute for each other in care and work activities, and whether or not they realize economies of scale in care work. Mongolia and South Korea have nationally representative time-use survey data that allow an exploration of these questions. These two countries differ in their level of economic development and industrial structure, demographic profile, and household composition, providing a comparative perspective on the allocation of time to childcare, domestic work and market work within households. The maximum likelihood estimation results reveal significant evidence of substitution between men and women in childcare, but much less so in domestic work or indirect care, and economies of scale in the care of young children and in women's domestic work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-190
Number of pages33
JournalPhilippine Review of Economics
Volume60
Issue number1
Early online date29 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2023

Keywords

  • household time allocation
  • household composition and care work
  • economies of scale

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