Work-leisure trade off. IAS vs. work in the West

 

Item

Task

IAS

Australia

House - living

Clean bathroom

No

Yes

 

Steam clean/ vacuum carpets, mop floors/

No

Yes

 

Clean blinds/ window vanes

No

Yes

 

Get house repaired (plumbing, electricity, roof, carpets)

No

Yes

 

Secure the house including alarms

No

Yes

 Eating

Buy food/ debone/ scale fish etc./ chop veggies etc.

Partly (buying some food, sometimes)

Yes

 

Cook/ cook and store in freezer

No

Yes

 

Clean dishes and put them back

No

Yes

Garden

Mow lawn

No

Yes

 

Plant and water plants, fertilize, remove bulbs, store, kill weeds, mulch, multiply plants

No

Yes

 

Trim/ prune trees and plants,

Green rubbish bin

No

Yes

Car

Drive car

No

Yes

 

Clean car

No

Yes

 

Refuel it, servicing, look after tyres 

No

Yes

Clothes

hang out to dry/ fold and keep/ iron

No

Yes

Shoes

polish/ wash

No

Yes

Charge

batteries/ hedge trimmer/ video camera batteries

Only a few

Yes

Rubbish

Put out

No

Yes

Leisure opportunities

Tennis, golf, swimming, gym, picnic spots, etc.

Very poor or limited opportunities

Abundant opportunities

Learning

Libraries, books

Very limited

Enormous choice

Misc

Organising things (eg. gas, water …)

Yes

No

Tradeoffs

(excluding money/ salary, which is greater in the west) 

35 hours of leisure with little to do! (eg. no electricity)

10 hours of leisure with enormous choice