unpaid work

URI: http://eige.europa.eu/taxonomy/term/1420


Work that produces goods and services but which carries no direct remuneration or other form of payment. In its narrow definition, it refers to housework and care work. Unpaid work is unevenly distributed among women and men, with women having a higher participation rate in this unremunerated work.


(1) Alexander, P., and Baden, S. (2000). Glossary on Macroeconomics from a Gender Perspective. Bridge Institute of Development Studies. Available at:

http://www.iiav.nl/epublications/2000/glossary_on_macroeconomics.pdf; (2) European Commission (1998). 100 Words for Equality: A Glossary of Terms on Equality between Women and Men; (3) EIGE and independent experts.

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