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The Extent of Labour Specialization in the Extended Family: a Theoretical and Empirical Analysis

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  • Lacroix, Guy

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  • Sofer, Catherine
  • Picot, Michel

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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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  • Lacroix, Guy & Sofer, Catherine & Picot, Michel, 1997. "The Extent of Labour Specialization in the Extended Family: a Theoretical and Empirical Analysis," Cahiers de recherche 9707, Université Laval - Département d'économique.
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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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    1. Benoît Rapoport & Catherine Sofer & Anne Solaz, 2011. "Household production in a collective model: some new results," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 24(1), pages 23-45, January.
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    Extended Family; Ricardian Specialization;

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    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • C3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables

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