Guide on Valuing Unpaid Household Service Work

This publication discusses the concept of unpaid household service work, focuses on identifying methodological and implementation issues with measuring own-use production work of services, and the challenges associated with both the measurement of labour input and the subsequent valuation. It provides recommendations aimed at producing estimates that are consistent with national accounting concepts and comparable across economies. It also limits the production boundary to own-use production work of services recognising that the measurement and valuation of the provision of services for other households – essentially volunteering –require separate guidance. Furthermore, it provides examples of how own-use production work of services has been measured in selected country-specific contexts, before concluding with some examples of more detailed analysis, and suggestions for further research areas.