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Increasing Self-Employment Earnings

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/9780199794645.003.0010
Increasing Self-Employment Earnings

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In the countries in which the world's poor are concentrated, the great majority of working people are self-employed. As detailed in this chapter, a program to increase the returns to self-employment would involve policy actions in the following areas: design products to help raise the productivity of the self-employed; adopt a positive policy stance and avoid hassles; provide the poor in agriculture with more to work with; facilitate supplemental off-farm wage employment and self-employment; make capital available to the poor, especially through microfinance; build skills and business know-how; and stimulate micro-franchising.

Keywords: self-employment; design; hassles; agriculture; off-farm employment; capital; microfinance; skills; business know-how; micro-franchising

Chapter.  11715 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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