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Title:Minimum wages: tool for African development
Author:Schoenberger, A.E.
Year:1970
Periodical:African Law Studies
Issue:3
Pages:1-16
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Tanzania
Mauritius
Subject:minimum wages
External link:https://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/jlpul3&id=5&collection=journals&index=journals/jlpul
Abstract:The paper examines the minimum wage legislation to discover some of the potential of law in the economic development of African states. Mauritius and Tanganyika have been able to raise real wages without producing any disastrous effects. Both countries have had qualified successes in increas ing productivity by raising washes. In neither case did significant inflation result. So it appears, within some limits, that wages can be raised without abruptly harming African economies. Nevertheless, if the major objective is to raise the standard of living, devices such as social security payments may produce more distributive justice. Parts of the article: 1. The purpose of minimum wage legislation - 2. The potential utility of minimum wage legislation in Africa (Small proportion of wage earners limits the effect; Minimum wages and the perfectly competitive society; Minimum wages and Africa, an imperfectly competitive society; How the minimum wage has been set in African countries) - 3. The results of setting minimum wages in Africa (Tanganyika; Mauritius) - Conclusions.
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