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What Are the Economics of Household Labour? Andrew Eyles, Sonia Oreffice, Mary Ann Sieghart, Sarah Smith and Diane Coyle

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Our panellists discuss how work in the home might best be assessed in terms of its economic value.

Household labour has – notoriously – never been included in how the economy is measured. But lockdowns have made it impossible to ignore how important it is to our lives – and the economy. Will the experience of ‘working from home’ (as if nobody was working at home before) finally change how we think about the fundamental importance of this activity?

Andrew Eyles (LSE), Sonia Oreffice (University of Exeter), Mary Ann Sieghart and Sarah Smith (University of Bristol) are in conversation with Diane Coyle.

This event was part of Festival of Economics 2021. You can find out more about the programme and events here.

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In the annual Festival of Economics, economists and experts from around the world debate with each other – and their audiences – some of the key economic questions of our time.

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