Drakopoulos, Stavros A. and Karayiannis, Anastassios (2006): The Conceptual Roots of Work Effort in Pre-classical and Classical Economic Thought. Published in: Archives of Economic History , Vol. 18, No. 2 (2006): pp. 27-44.
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In modern literature, the concept of work effort is used as an additional explanation of involuntary unemployment. In particular, it is assumed that higher wages have a positive effect on work effort and this is the fundamental point of the efficiency wage models of involuntary unemployment. However, as it is often the case, the concept of the workers' effort was not new but it was an idea that can be found in the works of a number of pre-classical and classical economists. This paper discusses the conceptual roots of the idea from the late 17th until the middle of the 19th centuries. For instance, there is evidence of the connection between wages, work effort and consumption in the works of North, Hume, Steuart, Smith, Young, Crumpe, Ricardo, Senior, McCulloch, Babbage, Longfield, J.S. Mill and others. The paper also assesses the similarities and differences of their views with current approaches to work effort.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The Conceptual Roots of Work Effort in Pre-classical and Classical Economic Thought|
|Keywords:||work effort; wage rate; pre-classical thought; classical thought|
|Subjects:||B - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches > B1 - History of Economic Thought through 1925 > B12 - Classical (includes Adam Smith)
B - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches > B1 - History of Economic Thought through 1925 > B11 - Preclassical (Ancient, Medieval, Mercantilist, Physiocratic)
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor > J20 - General
|Depositing User:||Stavros A. Drakopoulos|
|Date Deposited:||14. Mar 2009 02:17|
|Last Modified:||08. May 2015 09:10|
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