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Title:The impact of the 1935-1941 economic boom on the Eritrean labor market
Author:Mesghenna, YemaneISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Volume:58
Issue:1
Pages:89-100
Language:English
Geographic terms:Eritrea
Italy
Subjects:colonialism
working conditions
employment
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40761675
Abstract:Between 1935 and 1941, Italy made a great effort to eradicate its chronic unemployment and meet the need of its industries for raw materials and the need for foodstuffs among its rapidly growing population. To this end, Ethiopia was conquered and the Italian East African Empire established. This article examines the impact of Italy's investments in Ethiopia during this period on the Eritrean labour market. It shows that although the Eritrean economy entered a period of major growth, there was great disparity in the wages and working hours of Italian immigrant workers and Eritrean workers. This is illustrated by an analysis of the wages and working hours of labour involved in the construction of the Massawa-Nefasit-Asmara and Nefasit-Decemhare roads. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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