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Emigration to South Africa's Mines

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Temporary migration from five countries to South Africa's mines is examined; Both determinants of migration and economic consequences are investigated econometrically, during 1946-78. Emigration is shown to (1) diminish crop production in the short-run; (2) enhance crop productivity and cattle accumulation through invested remittances in the long-run; and (3) escalate plantation wages. Conflicting interests exist between local employers and the mines. Forms of state intervention adopted and discussed include forced labor, emigration quotas, and compulsory population relocation. Copyright 1987 by American Economic Association.

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  • Lucas, Robert E B, 1987. "Emigration to South Africa's Mines," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 77(3), pages 313-330, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:77:y:1987:i:3:p:313-30
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