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How the Poor Are Working

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/9780199794645.003.0004
How the Poor Are Working

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Many people in the developing world and the great majority in the developed world have little or no knowledge of how people in low- and middle-income countries work. This chapter provides the answer, presenting specific information about their desire to work, long hours, low earnings per hour, job insecurity, low labor standards, and the like. The chapter concludes with the judgment that what developing countries have is an employment problem, not an unemployment problem, and that policies need to be designed accordingly.

Keywords: desire to work; long hours; low earnings per hour; job insecurity; labor standards; unemployment; employment problem

Chapter.  7467 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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