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Salaire d'efficience, vulnérabilité du travail et chômage urbain au Burkina Faso



By attracting the attention on the possibility of an inverse relationship between wages and unemployment, the model recently developed by Blanchflower and Oswald seems to provide an interesting explanation of the efficiency wage. Although this analysis is especially appropriated to the context of the industrialised countries, the opportunity of a such approach seems to prevail equally in developing countries. Indeed, with the help of the national household survey of Burkina Faso, realised in 1994_95, the present research shows that, all other things being equal, a doubling of the rate of unemployment implies a 25,8 per cent reduction in real wages. Furthermore, it appears that the rigidity of wages is far more strong for protected wage_earners that to these that have a non protected labour status. Since labour is an important asset whose shortage weakens the capacity of resistance of individuals or social groups to changes of the environment, the risk of insecurity in terms of well_being is considerably increased for individuals having a precarious labour status and for households whose chief is a non protected employee. This result would have to attract the attention of policy-makers whose objective is to eradicate the poverty and the vulnerability. (Full text in French)

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  • Jean-Pierre Lachaud, 1997. "Salaire d'efficience, vulnérabilité du travail et chômage urbain au Burkina Faso," Documents de travail 16, Groupe d'Economie du Développement de l'Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV.
  • Handle: RePEc:mon:ceddtr:16

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    1. Adama Zerbo, 2002. "Une approche non probabiliste d'analyse de la dynamique multidimensionnelle du bien-être. Pauvreté, vulnérabilité et exclusion," Documents de travail 70, Groupe d'Economie du Développement de l'Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV.

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    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa

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