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Monday, May 22, 2006

50 hours per week

Job stuff.

My new task is to find the answer to the question: What is the economic impact of disease among women from mexican rural communities?

Our goal is to find support for the
hypothesis: It is cheaper to work in prevention than in treatment and rehabilitation.

When you get a disease (e.g. cancer), your everyday activities are perturbed. So, the first step is...

take a picture of the typical day of these women. Measure the time invested in everyday activities. To categorize those activities.

As part of the exploratory research, we have depeloved an instrument in order to measure the invested time (in minutes) for each activity, since the woman wake up in the morning until the end of the day. Then, we went to small rural communities where 38 women were interviewed . Here a couple of interesting charts:


Domestic work = Household duties (To cook, to clean, do dishes, etc)
Economical Activities = Formal employement.
Personal Activities = Personal care, leisure, etc.

Time dedicated to Personal Activities could be a sign of life quality.

On the other hand, I had the data from another countries about the hours per week dedicated to domestic work, including a national average for Mexico (click on the image for a better view).

Denmark = 21 hours per week.
Finland = 25
Canada = 31
France = 33
Sueden = 34
Mexico (National Average) = 35
Australia = 35
Mexican rural Community = 50

Fifty hours by week are dedicated only to domestic duties in the mexican rural community. Usually, this domestic work is not economically weighted. That would be my...

Next step: To make an estimation of the economic value of the domestic work. My task will be to translate time into money.



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