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Working Hard, Working PoorA Global Journey$
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Gary S. Fields

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794645.001.0001

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A Problem of Enormous Proportions

A Problem of Enormous Proportions

(p.12) 2 A Problem of Enormous Proportions
Working Hard, Working Poor

Gary S. Fields

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to educate the reader on the enormity of the world's poverty problem. Poverty rates in the world have fallen by half and yet serious poverty remains. There are five ways out of poverty: public transfers, private transfers, internal migration, international migration, and higher labor market earnings. The author explains why “earning their way out of poverty” can be a powerful rallying cry in policy circles. The chapter concludes by answering the question, “Why should we care so much about poverty elsewhere when we have so much poverty in our own country?”

Keywords:   poverty rates, transfers, migration

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