Journal Article

The Care Economy in Africa: Subsistence Production and Unpaid Care

Nancy Folbre

in Journal of African Economies

Volume 23, issue suppl_1, pages i128-i156
Published in print January 2014 | ISSN: 0963-8024
Published online January 2014 | e-ISSN: 1464-3723 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jae/ejt026
The Care Economy in Africa: Subsistence Production and Unpaid Care

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What do we know about the extent and value of the care economy in Africa, and why does this matter? This paper outlines a theoretical framework for analysing the care economy, including both the paid and unpaid work of caring for dependents and the flow of financial resources through the family, the community, the state and the market. A brief review of research on care work and economic development is followed by more specific consideration of empirical research on African countries, with a particular focus on the impact of HIV/AIDS. The paper concludes with a brief summary of policy implications and an agenda for future research.

Keywords: I3; J2; J3

Journal Article.  9992 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Demand and Supply of Labour ; Wages, Compensation, and Labour Costs ; Welfare and Poverty

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