The demand for Domestic work in Chile and Uruguay. Association with time use patterns

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Universidad de la República - Uruguay
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December 2022
Paper author(s): 
Verónica Amarante
Cecilia Rossel
Federico Scalese

This paper analyzes the demand for paid domestic work in Chile and Uruguay, focusing on the relationship between the outsourcing of domestic work and gender gaps in unpaid work within households. Households demanding domestic paid work are similar in Chile and Uruguay, although they are more concentrated in the upper quintile in the case of Chile. In both countries, the presence of domestic workers is associated with a reduction in the gender gap in unpaid hours of work within households. However, in Chile, this is mainly due to the reduction of women's unpaid work, while in Uruguay, it is also associated with men’s time spent in unpaid work.


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