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Rural Labor Markets, Household Composition, and Rainfall in Cote d'Ivoire

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  • Grimard, Franque
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    The complete-markets hypothesis can be tested by examining whether the quantity of labor demanded by the farm is influenced by the farm's household composition. There should be no influence if labor markets clear. This assumes, however, that household composition is fixed. This paper suggests that the composition of rural Ivorian households is endogenous by extending Benjamin's approach (Econometrica, 1992) and considering that the household composition is simultaneously determined with the quantity of labor. If separation does not hold, variables such as rainfall that influence the labor demand will be related to the composition of household. Copyright 2000 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Review of Development Economics.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 70-86

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    1. Vakis, Renos & Sadoulet, Elisabeth & de Janvry, Alain & Cafiero, Carlo, 2004. "Testing for separability in household models with heterogeneous behavior : a mixture model approach," CUDARE Working Paper Series 0990, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy.
    2. Eric Edmonds & Kristin Mammen & Douglas L. Miller, 2004. "Rearranging the Family? Income Support and Elderly Living Arrangements in a Low Income Country," NBER Working Papers 10306, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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