Time-use poverty: An econometric approach

Krishnakumar, Jaya; Vargas Yañez, Ingrid Cecilia (2016). 'Time-use poverty: An econometric approach' Paper presented at the annual conference of the HDCA, Tokyo 2016.

We consider the lifestyle of an individual in terms of the activities that the individual engages in during the course of a day and the time allotted to each of them. Using this information we construct a measure of value attached to that lifestyle along the lines of the Capability Approach by Amartya Sen which defines well-being in terms of the freedom to do things that one has reason to value. We perform an empirical analysis using this framework and the United Kingdom 2000 Time-use Survey. Results show that time-use poor do more paid work hours, less unpaid work hours and have less personal care time compared to non time-use poor, the differences varying at the gender level. Comparing income poverty and lifestyle (time-use) poverty, we see that they give two different pictures of deprivation in life and can usefully complement each other.

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