Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 30

Measuring the economic and social value of domestic work: Conceptual and methodological framework

This report addresses two key questions: What is the "true" value of domestic work? Can this value be measured and how? The paper presents a conceptual framework about what is meant by "economic and social value" of paid domestic work, and explores possible methods of measuring it. It shows that there are a range of different ways in which domestic work can be "valuable", and a range of different individuals and groups, at different levels, who can benefit from it.