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Self-employment and poverty in developing countries: Helping the self-employed earn more for the work they do

By Gary S. Fields

Abstract

A key way for the world\u2019s poor\u2014nearly half of humanity\u2014to escape poverty is to earn more for their labor. Most of the world\u2019s poor people are self-employed, but because there are few opportunities in most developing countries for them to earn enough to escape poverty, they are working hard but working poor. Two key policy planks in the fight against global poverty should be: raising the returns to self-employment and creating more opportunities for poor people to move from self-employment into higher paying wage employment

Topics: J23, ddc:330, self-employment, poverty, labor earnings
Publisher: Bonn: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:econstor.eu:10419/125292
Provided by: EconStor

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