New Attitudes to Work

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


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.


Labour Market Labour Force Labour Force Participation Labour Force Participation Rate Economic Organisation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B Södersten
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  1. 1.University of LundSweden

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