Care Work and the Economy is producing new research and developing innovative analytic tools to advance our understanding of care work –care of children, the sick and disabled, and the elderly and to demonstrate how integrating care into policy tools such as macromodels provide a more comprehensive understanding of policy impacts on growth, distribution, and gender equality. Care Work and the Economy’s multi-disciplinary researchers are grouped into three working groups, each using a range of different measures and methodological approaches that together illustrate the intersectionality of care provisioning, economic growth and distribution.  Our research agenda has three main components:

A mother feeding her childThe Rethinking Macroeconomics Working Group:

Brings gender dimensions into macroeconomics by incorporating unpaid and paid care of children, the sick, disabled and the elderly into existing macroeconomic models.

The Understanding and Measuring Care Working Group:

Promotes a deeper understanding of the nature of care work and the well-being of caregivers by developing innovative indicators and methodological approaches and producing new research that illustrates the intersectionality of care provisioning, economic growth and distribution.

The Gender-Aware Applied Modelling Working Group:

Develops country-specific macroeconomic tools that integrate care and gendered behaviors to further policy discourse regarding the impact of policies on economic, welfare and distributional outcomes.