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labour

the human input to work activity. See JOB, CAPITAL.

labour

the contribution to productive activity made by the workforce both by hand (for example, the assembly of a car) and mentally (for example, devising a stock-control system). Labour is one of the three main FACTORS OF PRODUCTION, the others being NATURAL RESOURCES and CAPITAL. See alsoECONOMIC GROWTH, HUMAN CAPITAL.
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Forty-seven percent of women who labored in water and 66% of those receiving standard augmentation required epidural analgesia at some point; the difference, assessed through chi-square testing, was not statistically significant.
Inside the mine, the company's paternalist policies successfully created a stable and productive work force that labored to fulfill work quotas and earn bonuses.
Those of German, Irish, and mixed nationality labored extensively in the field, especially at corn harvest, and often took responsibility for the milking and some animal care.