Domestic Work Policy Brief no. 3

Measuring the economic and social value of domestic work

This document is part of a series of briefs on issues and approaches to promoting decent work for domestic workers.

Aimed at stimulating innovative and critical thinking about the subject, this Brief:

• presents a conceptual framework for thinking about what is meant when we refer to the “economic and social” value of paid domestic work; and

• proposes ways in which the social and economic value of domestic work might be estimated from a range of different perspectives using relatively commonly available survey data sources.