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A Labor Market Approach to the Crisis of Health Care Professionals in Africa

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  • Andalón, Mabel

    () (University of Melbourne)

  • Fields, Gary S.

    () (Cornell University)

Abstract

This paper adopts a labor market economics perspective to understanding the crisis of health care professionals in Africa. Five challenges resulting from this crisis are identified: a production challenge, an underutilization challenge, a distributional challenge, a performance challenge, and a financing challenge. Differences between the labor market approach and others used in the health field are noted. We conclude that more empirical data, a full labor market analysis, and the use of social benefit-cost criteria are all needed before policy recommendations to address any of these challenges can be confidently offered.

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  • Andalón, Mabel & Fields, Gary S., 2011. "A Labor Market Approach to the Crisis of Health Care Professionals in Africa," IZA Discussion Papers 5483, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    labor market; health care; Africa;

    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General
    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies

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