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The extent of labour specialization in the extended family: A theoretical and empirical analysis

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  • Guy Lacroix

    (Department of Economics - Universite Laval (Quebec))

  • Michel Picot

    (LEO - Laboratoire d'économie d'Orleans - CNRS - UO - Université d'Orléans)

  • Catherine Sofer

    ()

    (LEO - Laboratoire d'économie d'Orleans - CNRS - UO - Université d'Orléans)

In this paper we present a simple model of labour supply that is cast within the framework of an extended family. The model emphasizes a Ricardian division of labour whereby the specialization is solely driven by marginal productivity and value of time differentials. The empirical implications of the model are derived and tested using data that was collected in France to study the extent of trade within the family network. We find evidence that the extent of specialization is sensitive to the value of time differentials.

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Date of creation: May 1998
Publication status: Published in Journal of Population Economics, Springer Verlag, 1998, 11 (2), pp.223-237. <10.1007/s001480050066>
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00367144
DOI: 10.1007/s001480050066
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  1. Altonji, Joseph G & Hayashi, Fumio & Kotlikoff, Laurence J, 1992. "Is the Extended Family Altruistically Linked? Direct Tests Using Micro Data," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 82(5), pages 1177-1198, December.
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