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This paper adopts a labor market economics perspective to understanding the crisis of healthcare professionals in Africa. Five challenges resulting from this crisis are identified: a production challenge, an underutilization challenge, a distributional challenge, a performance challenge, and a financing challenge. Differences between the labor market approach and others used in the health field are noted. We conclude that more empirical data, a full labor market analysis, and the use of social benefit-cost criteria are all needed before policy recommendations to address any of these challenges can be confidently offered.


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Andalón, M. & Fields, G. S. (2011). A labor market approach to the crisis of health care professionals in Africa (Discussion Paper Series No. 5483) [Electronic version]. Bonn, Germany: Institute for the Study of Labor. Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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