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Employment and Development: How Work Can Lead From and Into Poverty

Gary S. Fields and Janneke Pieters


The world is plagued by a plethora of economic problems, which is why economics is sometimes called “the dismal science”. Two of these problems are at the core of this volume. One is the huge extent of global poverty: Three billion poor people are nearly half of humanity. The second challenge highlighted in this book is the global employment (not: unemployment) problem. Although there are 200 million people in the world who are unemployed using standard international definitions, a much larger number – 900 million – are working poor. Gary S. Fields tries to answer two “big questions”: Who bene ... More

Keywords: employment, poverty, working poor, development, labor markets, inequality, income distribution, income mobility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198815501
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198815501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary S. Fields, author
Professor of Economics and John P. Windmuller Chair of International and Comparative Labor, Cornell University

Janneke Pieters, editor
Development Economics Group, Wageningen University

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Part I Introduction by the Editor

Part II Introduction by the Author

12 Economic Well-Being

Gary S. Fields

13 Income Mobility

Gary S. Fields