Economic Structure, Productivity and Wages in Latin America

  • Aníbal Pinto


This paper will discuss some aspects of the problem of wages and wage policies in Latin America. The first part will concentrate on certain characteristics of the region’s economic structure. The second part attempts to evaluate wage policies and their evolution in the past. Finally, some hypotheses are put forward concerning possible relationships between the theme of the paper and the development process.


Minimum Wage Economic Structure Basic Service Wage Earner Rural Migration 


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  1. 1.
    United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America, La mano de obra y el desarrollo económico de America Latina en los últimos años (Doc. E/CN. 12/L.1) prepared by Zygmunt Slawinski and submitted to the Seminar organised by the I.L.O. in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 1964Google Scholar
  2. A. Pinto, ‘Concentracion del progreso técnico y de sus frutos en el desarrollo latino-americano’, El trimestre económico (Mexico) 32 (Feb 1965) no. 124, pp. 3–69.Google Scholar
  3. 2.
    In this connection see, for example, B. Wootton, The Social Foundations of Wage Policy; A Study of Contemporary British Wage and Salary Structure 2nd ed. (1962) where the situation in Great Britain is analysed.Google Scholar
  4. 1.
    On this subject see United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America, Estudios sobre la distribucíon del ingreso en America Latina Doc. E/CN.12/770 (1967).Google Scholar

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