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Four Workers’ Stories

Gary S. Fields

in Working Hard, Working Poor

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199794645
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199928606 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794645.003.0003
Four Workers’ Stories

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This chapter aims to put human faces on four of the world's 3.1 billion poor people. The stories are told of a woman who hand-rolls cigarettes in India and earns a piece rate, a handicraft maker and vendor in South Africa, a farmer in China, and a fireworks producer in Mexico. Similarities and differences between their stories are discussed.

Keywords: piece rate; handicraft; vendor; farmer; producer

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Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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