15 May 2019 | Report

Counting Women’s Work in the Philippines


The report, Counting Women’s Work in the Philippines, was presented by Senior Research Fellow Michael Abrigo in a recent public seminar on gender and development organized by Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). It shows that the monetary value of women’s unpaid work in the Philippines (such as childcare, eldercare and house chores like cleaning, cooking and washing) makes up 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), which is roughly is worth trillions of pesos. The report also raises questions on how to entice women to spend more time on paid market activities and men to spend more time on unpaid housework.




  • Introduction
  • Work over the economic lifecycle
  • Counting men and women’s work
  • Beyond monetary valuation
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A. Time use activities and imputed wage rate: Philippines, 2015
  • Appendix B. Summary statistics


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