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Poverty and Low Earnings in the Developing World

Gary S. Fields

in The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195393781
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195393781.013.0009

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Poverty and Low Earnings in the Developing World

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This article examines the relationship between poverty and labor markets in the developing-country context. It details the labor markets and types of work in which the poor are engaged. It then examines policies that have been put into effect to help the poor earn their way out of poverty. These include growth, trade, and aid; harnessing the energies of the private sector; expanding paid employment and increasing the returns to self-employment. The article concludes by highlighting some areas for future research.

Keywords: poor; poverty; labor markets; developing countries; private sector; self-employment

Article.  11714 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Economic Development and Growth ; Health, Education, and Welfare

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