A new GLO Discussion Paper suggests that the gender gap in unpaid work in Columbia depends on factors such as educational level, paid employment status, and family composition.
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GLO Discussion Paper No. 686, 2020
Unpaid work and gender gap patterns in Colombia – Download PDF
by Ospina-Cartagena, Vanessa & García-Suaza, Andrés
GLO Fellow Andrés Felipe García-Suaza
Author Abstract: Gender inequality is much more than wage gaps. Indeed, one interesting case is how individuals allocate time among different activities such as paid work, unpaid work and domestic work. This paper aims to quantify gender inequality in the time use in unpaid care and home activities and to investigate the main drivers of gender gaps in Colombia using the National Time Use Survey. Our results suggest that the gender gap in unpaid work depends on factors such as educational level, paid employment status, and family composition. Counterfactual exercises comparing individuals under different family contexts suggest that the gender gap varies importantly with the presence of children, marital status and individual’s participation in the generation of household income.
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