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A Labor Market Approach to the Crisis of Health Care Professionals in Africa

Mabel Andalón and Gary S. Fields ()
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Gary S. Fields: Cornell University

No 5483, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract: This paper adopts a labor market economics perspective to understanding the crisis of health care professionals in Africa. Five challenges resulting from this crisis are identified: a production challenge, an underutilization challenge, a distributional challenge, a performance challenge, and a financing challenge. Differences between the labor market approach and others used in the health field are noted. We conclude that more empirical data, a full labor market analysis, and the use of social benefit-cost criteria are all needed before policy recommendations to address any of these challenges can be confidently offered.

Keywords: labor market; health care; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 J01 J08 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-hea and nep-lab
Date: 2011-02
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Published in: Agnes Soucat and Richard Sheffler (eds.): The Labor Market for Health Workers in Africa: A New Look at the Crisis, The World Bank, 2013, 33-48

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