Data bleg

This story is all over the place:

And once the extra time women spend shopping and in the bathroom is added to the leisure hours count, British men have only ten minutes\’ more spare time a day than women.

The figures come from an international analysis of how we use our leisure time by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the club of the world\’s richest nations.

Its report divides time into work, unpaid work, personal care and leisure.

Essentially this is a collation of international time use studies. Nothing very new in it for anyone who knows of the existence of such time use studies.

However, I\’ve been looking through the OECD site and can I find the report? Can I heck. So, anyone got a link to it?

3 thoughts on “Data bleg”


    [Chapter 2]

    This came out in May 2009 so don’t knw why they are covering it now – it’s definitely the same report (perhaps an older version – but 2010 isn’t out until May, unless some previews have been given] as it has the same “‘A limitation in considering gender differences in leisure time…” bit

    Tim adds: Excellent, thanks. The thing I always love about such reports is that they conclusively show that working hours have been falling… much for the “ever longer working hours” mantra.

  2. It’s an interesting chapter – the bit about the split between personal care/lesiure especially so (the French seem to have the second least leisure in the OECD, but they spend by far the longest eating and sleeping, which is counted as ‘personal care’, and if you say that isn’t work but leisure they rise up the rankings significantly – interestingly the Americans spend the second longest sleeping).

    On falling working hours, people do seem to think working hours are getting longer. I wonder to what extent this has to do with the availability of Blackberries and so on, or more specifically because journalists’ working hours actually have got a lot longer.

    Tim adds: Well, the general trend is that women’s paid working hours have been getting longer, male paid working hours shorter. But unpaid working hours in household production have been falling substantially, leading to total working hours falling. But people don’t tend to see those unpaid working hours…’s take outs, washing machines, microwaves, ready meals, tumble driers, efficient vacuum cleaners…..more reliable cars and so on…..which have been causing it. Just doesn’t register in the same way.

  3. But the registering bit is the important bit! If people don’t see household work as work in the same way they see paid work as work (and indeed it doesn’t register as ‘work’) then combining the two is not right. This of course is a known problem – e.g the discussion on ‘personal care’ – and I would add on ‘looking after children’.

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