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Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries: Challenges and Opportunities

David Lam and Ahmed Elsayed


Employment and job creation are key components in achieving economic growth and sustainable development, particularly in low-income countries. The growing size of the working-age population in many developing regions underscores the need to further strengthen labour market structures in the world’s poorest countries. Despite the importance of studying emerging labour markets, and investigating which policies are more successful, the evidence is rather limited. Against this backdrop, the joint IZA/FCDO Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries (GLM|LIC) programme was established and has ... More

Keywords: labour markets, gender, low-income countries, poverty, skills training, migration, informality, youth, child labour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192897107
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192897107.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Lam, author
Professor of Economics and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan

Ahmed Elsayed, author
Senior Research Associate, IZA - Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn, Germany