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Culture and the Labour Market

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  • Austen, S.

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This paper explores the idea of the labour market as a social institution by examining the relationship between culture and labour market behaviour. The term culture, taken in its wide ethnographic sense, 'is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom and any other capabilities acquired by man as a member of society' (Taylor [1871], 1958, p.1). An attempt is made in this paper to clarify, from an economic perpective, the various aspects of culture; to identify in general terms the nature of the relationships between culture and economic behaviour; and to outline the implications of these relationships for some labour market issues. It is hoped that this description will provide a logical framework within which further studies of cultural effects can proceed.

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  • Austen, S., 1997. "Culture and the Labour Market," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 582, The University of Melbourne.
  • Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:582
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    1. Bartosz Slawecki, 2011. "Anthropology of the peripheral labour market. The role of culture in explaining the process of hiring employees in microenterprises (Antropologia peryferyjnego rynku pracy - rola kultury w wyjasnianiu," Problemy Zarzadzania, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, vol. 9(32), pages 129-153.
    2. Andreia Tolciu & Ulrich Zierahn, 2012. "Women and work: what role do social norms play?," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(6), pages 711-733, April.
    3. Schneck, Stefan, 2014. "My Wage is Unfair! Just a Feeling or Comparison with Peers?," Review of Behavioral Economics, now publishers, vol. 1(3), pages 245-273, May.

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    Keywords

    LABOUR MARKET ; CULTURE;

    JEL classification:

    • J4 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets

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