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Lifting the Blinkers: A New View of Power, Diversity and Poverty in Mozambican Rural Labour Markets

By Christopher Cramer, Carlos Oya and John Sender


This paper presents some results from the largest rural labour market survey yet conducted in Mozambique. Evidence from three provinces shows that labour markets have a significant impact on the lives of a large number of poor people, and that employers exercise considerable discretion in setting wages and conditions of casual, seasonal and permanent wage employment. The evidence presented comes from a combination of a quantitative survey based on purposive sampling with other techniques, including interviews with large farmers. The findings contrast with ideas that rural labour markets are of limited relevance to poverty reduction policy formulation in Africa, and the paper concludes with methodological, analytical and policy recommendations

Topics: 8540, 3500
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1017/s0022278x08003340
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Provided by: SOAS Research Online
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