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Basic Income and Time Use Democratization

Corina Rodríguez Enríquez
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Published Online: 2016-06-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bis-2016-0012


Time has become a valuable asset within capitalism. “Time is money” is a well known and usually shared principle. As in regard to many other type of assets, the distribution of time is pretty unfair, as well as it is the value consideration of the time allocated for different people to different activities. The distribution of time, as well as what people can or cannot do with their time, is a key issue among feminist debates. The main argument is that time allocation to paid and unpaid work is very different and unfair between genders. Women allocate much more time to unpaid work, and men, on the contrary allocate much more time to paid work. This has a reasonable and direct consequence in terms of income generation. This unequal distribution of time (and work) represents the main obstacle to women’s economic autonomy and to overcome gender income gaps.

Keywords: basic income; time use democratization; feminist approaches to basic income; Latin America; democratization


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Published Online: 2016-06-18

Published in Print: 2016-06-01

Citation Information: Basic Income Studies, ISSN (Online) 1932-0183, ISSN (Print) 2194-6094, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bis-2016-0012.

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