How Abolishing Housework Can Lead To A Great Rise In World Productivity

Definition: Here I define housework as those indoor jobs which are boring, repetitive. This does not include loving parenting as, unlike physical housework, it is rewarding and cannot be replaced by machines.

What Caused Me To Think This: I have been thinking this for a long time, when I see my mother and family working long hours around the house, cleaning and hoovering etc, that what people reap from doing housework is short lived. I ask them, do you enjoy housework? The question is rhetorical, but I feel that spending most of you’re life, as many do, doing something which is boring, repetitive and unrewarding is self defeating, and the abolition of housework will be what will happen in the far future.

My points will largely be on a development of comparative advantage theory.

Houswork Needs To Be Done!

Otherwise everything is chaos, you’re children will have nothing for dinner and hygience will be poor. I will argue , however, that a persons life can greatly improve by forgetting it.

Following You’re Talents

A person, by following what they enjoy, can live a much better life. Doing what you enjoy is like a comparative advantage theory but with people, a great rise in productivity results.

Devoting you’re time to this is effortless, unlike housework making you much happier, and likely wealthier. Doing tedi0us chores has a great opportunity cost of what you can do and earn in those hours.

A Civil Engineer Employing A Maid

Take a civil engineer earning £200000 per year. Say he does this by earning £200 per hour. That engineer doing his tedious chores has the sacrifice of that wage, £200 per hour and the fruits of his labour that is in demand.

By employing a maid, who is happy with £10 per hour, instead of having the housework done with nothing, he will have the housework done, with a spare £190, and this is just one hour. Housework can take all day.

By doing this, you reduce unemployment. The maid who may be scraping by on social security is employed. By the engineer spreading his talents, as with most professions, the cause is a direct or indrect rise in employment again, aswell as obvious enrichment for himself

What Will Be The Future?

My abstract theory says that in a few hundred years, there will be no housework done by man in the most developed economies. How this will happen is as follows:

  1. Following Talents will lead people to specialise in what they love to do, employing people to do the tedious tasks for them. Say 50% specialising, replacing all housework time, and employing the other 50% for just that.
  2. The Rise In Productivity due to a surge in intellect will result by this. That forgoing of housework to pursue enjoyment by the 50% will cause even more scientific discoveries, enterprise, research and development of capital and consumer goods.
  3. Faster Technological Advance due to people replacing housework with their talents, thus surging productivity will mean that jobs for people to do housework will be reduced, largely due to automation taking over a lot of household tasks. Automation happening fast is enabled by the high rise in realised potential and intellect of scientists etc.
  4. A Move From Housework Using the 50% doing/employed doing housework and not example. The automation will lead to a structural unemployment of those hired for the manual tasks. More will do what they love, previously talent wasted by housework. It will now by more 70% specialising employing 30% to do manual tasks.
  5. Further Rise In Productivity because of these extra people doing what they love, instead of doing houswork, more output.
  6. Which Will See The End of Housework as productivity grows, technology and intellect accelerates, eventually finding a way to automate housework across the world for lowest cost. Instead, we will now have people enjoying life and simply pressing a switch, going out and coming back to see everything done!

Labour Sector Employment: This mirrors the world movement of labour to quaternary and tertiary output from the primary and secondary sector, which is becoming automated, at least made easier by machines, due to the findings in the quaternary sector.


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