Accounting for Care: A Research and Survey Design Agenda

"Like Mother Nature, families make important contributions to economic output. The parallels between accounting for unpriced environmental services and household production are widely recognized. Many economists and national income accountants are now devoting considerable effort to measurement and valuation of family care. Both intra-family transfers and government transfers are also receiving increased attention. Yet efforts to systematically value non-market services remain intermittent and are seldom combined with efforts to measure intra-family transfers.

Paper prepared for the IARIW-OECD Special Conference: "W(h)other the SNA?", Paris, France, April 16 - 17, 2015

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