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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Disguised Unemployment and the Village Economy
Author:Johnson, R.W.M.
Year:1967
Periodical:African Social Research
Issue:3
Period:June
Pages:228-233
Language:English
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Zambia
Subjects:unemployment
rural economy
Labor and Employment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The author shows that an additional unit of labour input for some crops earns a reward greater than zero. The discussion of disguised unemployment in the village economy has not produced strong evidence of zero marginal returns in subsistence agriculture. There is good evidence of seasonal unemployment in the village, but it is also apparent that many villagers in. more accessible areas at least have taken the opportunity to add to their real earnings by taking dry-season employment. Reducing disguised unemployment is less of a problem in Rhodesia and Zambia, and far more attention should be paid to overcoming fluctuations in the level of employment and to the nature of open unemployment which is found in many of the main towns. References.
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