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Lifting the Blinkers: A New View of Power and Poverty in Mozambican Rural Labour Markets

Sender, John and Oya, Carlos and Cramer, Christopher (2006) 'Lifting the Blinkers: A New View of Power and Poverty in Mozambican Rural Labour Markets.' School of Oriental and African Studies. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper presents some results from the largest rural labour market survey yet conducted in Mozambique. Evidence from three provinces shows that labour markets have a significant impact on the lives of a large number of poor people and that employers exercise considerable discretion in setting wages and conditions of casual, seasonal and permanent wage employment. The evidence presented comes from a combination of a quantitative survey based on purposive sampling with other techniques, including interviews with large farmers. The findings contrast with ideas that rural labour markets are irrelevant to poverty reduction policy formulation in Africa and the paper concludes with methodological, analytical and policy recommendations.

Item Type: Other
Keywords: Labour Markets, Economic Development, Poverty Reduction, Methodology, Africa, Mozambique
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Depositing User: Zoe Marriage
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2006
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/130

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