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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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Measurement of Time and Income Poverty

Measurement of Time and Income Poverty

(p.262) 7 Measurement of Time and Income Poverty
Mainstreaming Unpaid Work

Ajit Zacharias

Oxford University Press

Official poverty thresholds are based on the implicit assumption that the household with poverty-level income possesses sufficient time for household production to enable it to reproduce itself as a unit. Claire Vickery, in this context, developed a two-dimensional measure of time and income poverty that revealed the existence of the ‘hidden poor’, who would be considered as income non-poor with the official thresholds but are actually income poor when their time deficits are taken into account. The author’s review of the literature suggests that some of the later approaches may not illuminate the deficiencies of the standard poverty thresholds and the time constraints faced by the working poor. The author proposes a two-dimensional measure of time and income poverty measure that accounts for intra-household disparities. The chapter also highlights the problem of incomplete markets, and importance of public provisioning and creation of well-paying jobs to combat the impoverishing effects of time deficits.

Keywords:   income poverty, time deficiency, income deficiency, time poverty, hidden poor, time-use data

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