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A Labor Market Approach to the Crisis of Health Care Professionals in Africa

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  • Andalón, Mabel

    ()
    (University of Melbourne)

  • Fields, Gary S.

    ()
    (Cornell University)

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This paper adopts a labor market economics perspective to understanding the crisis of health care professionals in Africa. Five challenges resulting from this crisis are identified: a production challenge, an underutilization challenge, a distributional challenge, a performance challenge, and a financing challenge. Differences between the labor market approach and others used in the health field are noted. We conclude that more empirical data, a full labor market analysis, and the use of social benefit-cost criteria are all needed before policy recommendations to address any of these challenges can be confidently offered.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5483.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Publication status: published in: Agnes Soucat and Richard Sheffler (eds.): The Labor Market for Health Workers in Africa: A New Look at the Crisis, The World Bank, 2013, 33-48
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5483

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