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Title: Modes of production in home maintenance: accounting for the choice between formality, off the books and self-provisioning
Authors: Adriaenssens, Stef ×
Hendrickx, Jef #
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Blackwell Science
Series Title: International Journal of Consumer Studies vol:33 issue:5 pages:596-603
Host Document: International Journal of Consumer Studies
Abstract: Households depend on the existence of a home, and therefore, maintenance plays an important social and economic role. Formal outsourcing is often overestimated here and alternative modes, such as informal outsourcing and do-it-yourself (DIY), are overlooked. This paper estimates and accounts for the choice of one mode of production in Flemish households. First, the different modes of production are quantified according to two different methods. Further, an explanation of the choice made is constructed. The complexity of maintenance work has an impact as well as the dimensions of social and cultural capital. Factors such as dexterity, occupational acquaintance with maintenance work, social trust and social contacts play a role. Finally, a model of a sequence of decisions is tested. This ramification mechanism shows that the primary choice is formal commissioning or not, inspired by technical complexity. The second choice between off-the-books outsourcing and DIY is influenced by the capital resources of the households.
ISSN: 1470-6423
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies (WOS Bxl), Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
Research Centre for Mathematical Economics, Econometrics and Statistics, Campus Brussels (-)
× corresponding author
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