The Extent of Labor Specialization in the Extended Family: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis

JOURNAL OF POPULATION ECONOMICS, Volume 11 Issue 2

Posted: 16 Jul 1997

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Guy Lacroix

Université Laval - Département d'Économique; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Catherine Sofer

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - Centre Maison des Sciences Economiques

Michel Picot

University of Orleans - Faculty of Law and Economics

Abstract

In this paper we present a simple model of labor supply that is cast within the framework of an extended family. The model emphasizes a Ricardian division of labor 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.

JEL Classification: J12, J22

Suggested Citation

Lacroix, Guy and Sofer, Catherine and Picot, Michel, The Extent of Labor Specialization in the Extended Family: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis. JOURNAL OF POPULATION ECONOMICS, Volume 11 Issue 2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=8637

Guy Lacroix

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Michel Picot

University of Orleans - Faculty of Law and Economics ( email )

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