Supply and demand of labor in the Colombian coffee industry

Supply and demand of labor in the Colombian coffee industry

This study was based on quantitative, qualitative and econometric evidence to estimate the supply and demand of labor in Colombian coffee production and to perform a characterization that would explain the relative scarcity or abundance. The main tool of the study was the construction of a Relative Scarcity Index which diagnoses the extent to which supply is able to satisfy demand. The information came from a direct survey of 1,722 households of producers to 1,448 coffee collectors and 370 interviews with different institutional agents.