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Mainstreaming Unpaid WorkTime-use Data in Developing Policies$
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Indira Hirway

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199468256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199468256.001.0001

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Integrating Time Use in Gender Budgeting

Integrating Time Use in Gender Budgeting

(p.341) 10 Integrating Time Use in Gender Budgeting
Mainstreaming Unpaid Work

Lekha Chakraborty

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the gender budgeting policies often rest on a highly restricted assumption that ‘all public expenditure cannot be gender partitioned’. This is especially true with reference to the mainstream expenditure such as public infrastructure, which is assumed to be non-rival in nature and hence applying gender lens to this expenditure is not feasible. The author refutes this argument using the time-budget statistics. The time-budget data reveals that this argument is often flawed, as there is intrinsic gender dimension to the non-rival expenditure. The results suggest that the time allocation in the economic activities carried out in unpaid care sector involves more girls and women and therefore infrastructure investment with gender-sensitive water polices and energy policies can really benefit women. The chapter also puts forth that without looking at time-use data, any exercise of gender budgeting will remain partial and inadequate.

Keywords:   gender budgeting, time-use statistics, India, public infrastructure, unpaid work, policymaking, public expenditure

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