New Attitudes to Work

  • B Södersten
Part of the International Economic Association Publications book series (IEA)

Abstract

Economists have always had an ambiguous attitude toward work. The mainstream of economic theory has viewed work as sacrifice. Man worked in order to produce so that he could consume. According to neo-classical theory, a person or a household exchanged work for income, and leisure could be substituted for income. This assumed motivation for work gave rise to the well-known problem of the shape of the supply curve for labour.

Keywords

Migration Europe Income Tempo OECD 

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© International Economic Association 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • B Södersten
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LundSweden

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