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Gender Patterns and Value of Unpaid Work: Findings from China’s First Large-Scale Time Use Survey by Xiao-yuan Dong, Xinli An

Gender Patterns and Value of Unpaid Work: Findings from China’s First Large-Scale Time Use Survey by Xiao-yuan Dong, Xinli An

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The analysis reveals the tension between paid and unpaid work in China’s new market economy. While both paid and unpaid work are essential to national well-being, as the analysis shows, the overriding concern of the Chinese government in the post-reform period has been to improve the productivity of paid work and maximize growth of per capita GDP, assuming that the provision of domestic and care services will adjust itself accordingly.
The analysis reveals the tension between paid and unpaid work in China’s new market economy. While both paid and unpaid work are essential to national well-being, as the analysis shows, the overriding concern of the Chinese government in the post-reform period has been to improve the productivity of paid work and maximize growth of per capita GDP, assuming that the provision of domestic and care services will adjust itself accordingly.

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UNRISD
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Gender Patterns and Value of Unpaid Work 
Findings from China’s FirstLarge-Scale Time Use Survey
Xiao-Yuan Dong and Xinli An
UNRISD Research Paper 2012–6
October 2012
 
 
This United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) Programme Paper has been produced withthe support of UNRISD core funds. UNRISD also thanks the governments of Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Sweden,Switzerland and the United Kingdom for their core funding.Copyright © UNRISD. Short extracts from this publication may be reproduced unaltered without authorization oncondition that the source is indicated. For rights of reproduction or translation, application should be made to UNRISD,Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. UNRISD welcomes such applications.The designations employed in UNRISD publications, which are in conformity with United Nations practice, and thepresentation of material therein do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNRISD con-cerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of itsfrontiers or boundaries.The responsibility for opinions expressed rests solely with the author(s), and publication does not constitute endorse-ment by UNRISD.ISSN 2305-5375
 
 
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