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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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Challenges to Measuring Workforce/Labour Force in Global South

Challenges to Measuring Workforce/Labour Force in Global South

(p.199) 5 Challenges to Measuring Workforce/Labour Force in Global South
Mainstreaming Unpaid Work
Indira Hirway
Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the new challenges that have emerged in getting correct measurement of workforce and labour force. These challenges are the recent changes in the labour market structures and the recent ground breaking resolution on statistics on work of the ILO. This paper examines, conceptually and empirically, how these developments have made it difficult for LSF to estimate correctly and understand comprehensively the characteristics of WF/LF and how far these difficulties can be addressed by time use surveys. These challenges can be met by time use surveys, as these surveys provide comprehensive information on all human activities without any bias. They can capture underemployment (intensity of work), multiple jobs performed by persons, scattered nature and flexibility of work and can net better the sporadic, unstable, scattered and precarious types of work also. The paper presents an empirical study of India to show how and how far time use data can address the new concerns.

Keywords:   Structural changes, labour market, Resolution on statistics on work, time use survey

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