The Economy of Care. An Economic Approach for a Sustainable Future Thera van Osch (Foundation for the Economy of Care). Conference Counting on Women Gender – Care and Economics. Work-definition Economy of Care Economy of Care: Paradigm shift Basic model: Economy of Care vs Neo-liberal
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An Economic Approach
for a Sustainable Future
Thera van Osch (Foundation for the Economy of Care)
The science of human behaviour focused on maintaining, continuation, and restauration of the planet to improve quality of life for all in a sustainable way.
‘Rational Economic Man’:
‘Caring human being’:
Economy of Care:
Economy for Care
Economy of Care
Market-system embedded in
Economy of Care
(Source: Dauvellier, M. , 2008: Equalising Care)
For example: Distribution of Care Labour
CARE RECEIVING & CARE GIVING
‘Engendered’ income distribution
(= function of unpaid
The individual income is inversely proportional to the individual volume of unpaid care work
When time spend to unpaid care work is above average, income decreases because carers have to get part-time paid work, to quit their paid job or early retirement.
Conclusion: Over-average delivery of unpaid care work is socially punished with income-poverty
System forProduction of meansfor living (incl. informal and unpaid)
Generation of humanlife system (incl. unpaidwork)
System of Civil society
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GOAL 1: Balance between generational, production and ecological system:
Target: Social balance with sustainable ESU per capita (Fair Planet Share of 1,7 ha. per capita)
GOAL2: Promote social sustainability by a balanced development of the paid and unpaid economy
- Social justice and elimination of gender-based poverty
- Equal distribution of paid and unpaid work
PUW-quote = VPW x 100%
VPW + VUW
VPW = Volume Paid Work (in time units)
VUW = Volume Unpaid Work (in time units)
PUW-quote: Shows percentage of the total labour volume which is paid (recognised with financial remuneration).
Source: Dauvelier, M., 2008: Equalising Care. Amsterdam (FNV-Vrouwenbond)
GOAL3: Ensure equal rights and opportunities for all
Target: Equal access to+control over material & immaterial means and resources, equal voice and decision making
The crisis offers new opportunities for:
Questions and answers?