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Labor Markets in Latin America: A Supply-Side Story

  • Suzanne Duryea
  • Miguel Székely

This paper shows that the factors affecting labor supply have been key determinants of the changes in employment, unemployment, and income differentials in Latin America in the 1990s. The two main forces driving labor supply in the region have been demographics and education.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4120.

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Date of creation: Mar 1998
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4120
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  1. Killingsworth, Mark R. & Heckman, James J., 1987. "Female labor supply: A survey," Handbook of Labor Economics, in: O. Ashenfelter & R. Layard (ed.), Handbook of Labor Economics, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 2, pages 103-204 Elsevier.
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