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Estimating Guard Labor

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  • Arjun Jayadev

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As a background paper to Jayadev and Bowles (2006), this paper provides details on our measure of guard labor as we measure these in labor units. Data from the United States indicate a significant increase in its extent in the U.S. over the period 1890 to the present. Cross-national comparisons show a significant statistical association between income inequality and the fraction of the labor force that is constituted by guard labor, as well as with measures of political legitimacy (inversely) and political conflict.

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Paper provided by University of Massachusetts Boston, Economics Department in its series Working Papers with number 7.

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Length: 23 Pages
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Handle: RePEc:mab:wpaper:7

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Keywords: Incomplete contracts; Property rights; Comparative institutions; Inequality; Guard labor;

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  1. Samuel Bowles & Arjun Jayadev, 2004. "Guard Labor: An Essay in Honor of Pranab Bardhan," UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics 2004-15, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics.
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  1. Samuel Bowles & Arjun Jayadev, 2004. "Guard Labor: An Essay in Honor of Pranab Bardhan," UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics 2004-15, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics.

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