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MELO, Hildete Pereira de  e  CASTILHO, Marta. Who does reproductive work in Brazil?. Rev. econ. contemp. [online]. 2009, vol.13, n.1, pp.135-158. ISSN 1415-9848.

This paper aims to analyse who are the people who do unpaid tasks for social reproduction, central to reproduction of life and of societal well-being. These jobs are mostly done by women and, since they do not generate income, have reinforced the underestimate women's activities in society. This paper aims to unveil this issue through the analysis of female reproductive work, based on micro-data from PNAD/IBGE. Who are the people doing reproductive work, and how much time they devote to these tasks? Our results indicate that, whether illiterate or college graduates, whatever the type of employment contract they have, whether occupied or out of the labour market, all women take a heavy load in the execution of these tasks.

Palavras-chave : reproductive work; invisibility of female work.

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