Gender-disaggregated analysis of the impact of the
budget on time use aims at analysing how government
resource allocation and revenue raising patterns impact
on the amount of different types of paid and unpaid
work done and the way that time is spent by women and
men. Empirical evidence has shown that cuts in expenditure
for social services or the introduction of user fees
often increases women’s time burden. The work
that women do in the care economy remains invisible
in the System of National Accounts (SNA) and it is thus
only with this sort of analysis that the impact can
- Do expenditure and revenue patterns have an impact
of women’s and men’s time use?
To analyze the impact of the budget on
time use of women/girls and men/boys one needs to carry
out the following steps:
- Collecting time use data
- Classification of the activities
- Linking the patterns found to policies.
One way of linking the time use patterns to policies,
at least at the macro level, is by building time use
data into macro-economic models.
Tim e use data are normally collected
by the government statistical agency. However, small-scale
surveys can be carried out by NGOs, academics or research
institutes. The government and non-government agencies
which have developed macro-economic models will be responsible
for the incorporation of the care economy into these
The collection of nation-wide time use
data is time consuming and costly.