French economy - Accounts and files2013 Edition
“French economy - Accounts and Reports” is published every year and presents a summary of economic developments in France and worldwide. It is based on the national accounts and analyses the main events of 2012.
In 2010, the French spent 41 billion hours working on core household tasks, mainly cooking (29%) and housework (26%); to this were added 16 billion hours of activities such as do-it-yourself, gardening, shopping, etc. This home-made production leads to a high level of extra consumption by households on which we can put a figure of around 700 billion euros (+63%), after making a certain number of assumptions of varying validity. Although no monetary exchange takes place, a market equivalent can be calculated by valuing hours of work according to the wages that would be paid for this work if it were carried out by someone else, and by taking related expenditure into account. Whether for cooking, housework, laundry, personal care, transport or even volunteer work, domestic production is very much greater than the corresponding market consumption (restaurants, employing a cleaner, laundry, etc.).