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The prospects for caring: economic theory and policy analysis

Himmelweit, Susan (2007). The prospects for caring: economic theory and policy analysis. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 31(4) pp. 581–599.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cje/bem011
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Abstract

This paper examines three distinguishing features of caring: that it involves the development of a relationship, that caring responsibilities and needs are unequally distributed and that social norms influence the allocation of care and caring responsibilities, to draw out their implications for analysing caring and its movement between unpaid and paid economies. Rising opportunity costs of caring are found to produce pressures experienced in different ways across different sectors of the economy. These, coupled with inequalities in care responsibilities and labour market opportunities, influence the movement of care between paid and unpaid economies. This analysis is then used to examine the likely evolution of caring norms and practices and how policy might intervene to avoid an uncaring future.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 The Author
ISSN: 1464-3545
Keywords: care; paid and unpaid labour; productivity; inequality; social norms
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Economics
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 15612
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2009 08:56
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2014 14:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/15612
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