- Series Information
- Introduction and Overview
- The Alleviation of Poverty: How Far Have We Come?
- Consumption and Income Poverty in the United States
- Poverty Lines across the World
- Theories of Poverty: Traditional Explanations and New Directions
- Poverty and the Labor Market
- Employment in Black Urban Labor Markets: Problems and Solutions
- Low-Skilled Immigrants and the US Labor Market
- Poverty and Low Earnings in the Developing World
- Antipoverty Programs for Poor Children and Families
- Education and the Poor
- Poverty, Health, and Healthcare
- Geographical Price Variation, Housing Assistance, and Poverty
- Distributions in Motion: Economic Growth, Inequality, and Poverty Dynamics
- Is Poverty Incompatible with Asset Accumulation?
- Poverty Transitions
- Macroeconomic Fluctuations and Poverty
- Obesity, Poverty, and the Ability to Pay for Calories
- Environmental Justice: Do Poor and Minority Populations Face More Hazards?
- Female Trust in Government and Gender Income Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Crime, Incarceration, and Poverty
- Payday Lending: New Research and the Big Question
- An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Antipoverty Programs in the United States
- Are Economists in Over Their Heads?
- Antipoverty Policy: The Role of Individualist and Structural Perspectives
- A New Statistic: The US Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Gary Fields is Professor of Labor Economics and Economic Development at Cornell University. His research is on labor markets and income mobility in developing countries. He serves as a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and United Nations as well as private sector companies. Fields holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees in economics from the University of Michigan.
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