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The effect of the development of secondary industries on the rural labour supply in Tasmania.


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Pitchford, J D(John David),1932- 1955 , 'The effect of the development of secondary industries on the rural labour supply in Tasmania.', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Productive activity may be grouped according to the nature
of its output into primary, secondary, and tertiary activity.
Primary activities include rural and mining industries, and cover
all those activities which are concerned with the production and
extraction of raw materials of all kinds: Secondary activity
covers all lines of manufacturing, and tertiary activity takes in
those industries which are neither primary nor secondary, and includes
such industries as commerce, trade, transport and communication",
amusements, and education.

The results of population censuses in many countries have
established that in growing economies with rising real national
incomes there has been a decline in the importance of primary relative
to secondary and tertiary industries as a field for employment.
In the words of A,G.B: Fisher :
" ... we may say that in every progressive economy there
has been a steady shift of employment and investment
from the essential 'primary' activities, without whose
products life in even its most primitive forms would
be impossible, to secondary activities of all kinds, and
to a still greater extent into tertiary production."

It is this phenomenon which we shall study, with two
differences. First we shall not use the classification "primary
and secondary" to any great extent but shall work with the classes
"rural and secondary". Rural activities are generally deemed to
include agricultural, pastoral and horticultural pursuits. The
majority of rural activities are concerned with the production of
raw materials for certain foodstuffs, fibres, and certain by-products
such as leather. Rural and farming are, for our purposes,
interchangeable terms. Primary differs from rural in that it
includes mining, hunting and fishing, forestry, and certain other
non-farming activities. Secondly we shall not deal specifically
with the shift of employment towards tertiary industries, but
shall concentrate on the shift away from primary industries.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Pitchford, J D(John David),1932-
Keywords: Labor supply, Industries
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Thesis (M.Comm.)--University of Tasmania, 1955

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