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Title:The Backward-Bending Supply Curve of Labor in Africa: Models, Evidence, and Interpretation: Any Why It Makes a Difference
Author:Ellis, Gene
Year:1981
Periodical:Journal of Developing Areas
Volume:15
Issue:2
Period:January
Pages:251-274
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:labour force
Labor and Employment
Links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4190879
http://search.proquest.com/pao/docview/1311639981
Abstract:The debate over the last several decades about the backward-sloping supply curves of labour in Africa has occasioned much confusion - confusion not only as to what has in fact been observed, but confusion within and without the discipline of economics as to how the behaviour might best be interpreted. While economists have become increasingly certain (i.e. consistent) how to view the phenomena (while remaining uncertain what has actually happened), other disciplines still appear uncertain what economists mean. The present paper seeks, in part at least, to close the interdisciplinary gap and to clarify the issues at hand. Notes.
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