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An Estimate of the Shadow Wage Rate in Pakistan

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    In the past few years, increasing attention has been given to the methods by which investments in developing countries should be appraised. Benefitcost analyses, based on market prices and costs, do not indicate whether an investment would be profitable from a social point of view. The methods of project evaluation developed in the past decade suggest ways in which private costs and benefits can be adjusted to reflect positive or negative externalities and to eliminate the effects of distorting taxes and subsidies which influence private decisions but which do not affect an investment's fundamental economic value. One item in an investment's cost for which the market value is widely believed to be unrepresentative of its social value is labour.

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    Article provided by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its journal The Pakistan Development Review.

    Volume (Year): 13 (1974)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 389-408

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    Handle: RePEc:pid:journl:v:13:y:1974:i:4:p:389-408
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