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

Cramer, Christopher and Oya, Carlos and Sender, John (2008) 'Lifting the Blinkers: A New View of Power, Diversity and Poverty in Mozambican Rural Labour Markets.' Journal of Modern African Studies, 46 (3). pp. 361-392.

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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 of limited relevance to poverty reduction policy formulation in Africa, and the paper concludes with methodological, analytical and policy recommendations.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 0022278X
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1017/S0022278X08003340
Depositing User: Carlos Oya
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2008 15:58
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/5776

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