Working Hard, Working Poor: A Global Journey

Hardcover | December 28, 2011

byGary S. Fields

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More than three billion people, nearly half of humankind, live on less than two-and-a-half U.S. dollars per person per day. Studies have shown repeatedly that the main and often the sole asset of the poor is their labor. It follows that to understand global poverty one must understand labormarkets and labor earnings in the developing world. Excellent books exist on ending world poverty that discuss in depth many important aspects of economic development but do not focus on employment and self-employment, work and non-work. Working Hard, Working Poor fills in where the other booksleave off.Issues of analyzing poverty and low earnings in the developing world are quite different from those in the developed world. The discourse in the developed world is about incentive effects of social welfare programs, cultures of poverty, single-parenthood, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, illhealth, mental illness, domestic violence, and the like. But in the developing world, different issues predominate, such as own-account work and household enterprises, agricultural work, casual employment, and informal work. And some of the policy issues -- stimulating economic growth, harnessingthe energies of the private sector, increasing paid employment, and raising the returns to self-employment -- take a different twist. This book shows how people in poverty work, what has been effective in helping the poor earn their way out of poverty, and how readers might help.

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More than three billion people, nearly half of humankind, live on less than two-and-a-half U.S. dollars per person per day. Studies have shown repeatedly that the main and often the sole asset of the poor is their labor. It follows that to understand global poverty one must understand labormarkets and labor earnings in the developing w...

Gary S. Fields is John P. Windmuller Professor of International and Comparative Labor at Cornell University. He has published more than 100 articles and books and is the recipient of numerous grants from international organizations including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Labor Organization, and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 0.12 × 0.12 × 0.12 inPublished:December 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199794642

ISBN - 13:9780199794645

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Part IHow the Poorer Half Works1. A Life's Journey2. A Problem of Enormous Proportions3. Four Workers' Stories4. How the Poor Are Working5. Labor Markets in a Globalized WorldPart IIHelping the Poor Earn Their Way Out of Poverty6. Setting Objectives, Facing Tradeoffs7. Growth, Trade, and Aid8. Harnessing the Energies of Private Companies9. Labor Market Policies for Generating More Wage Employment10. Increasing Self-Employment EarningsPart IIITaking Action11. What Can You Do?