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Various development objectives are worthy, but one objective merits special attention: reducing the scourge of absolute economic misery in the world. This study focuses on an important but relatively underemphasized approach to poverty reduction: helping the poor earn more in the labour market for the work they do, so that they can buy the goods and services they need to move up out of poverty. The core of the study is divided into three sections: defining the global poverty challenge and the world’s employment problem, presenting policy options for improving employment outcomes for the poor, and suggesting ways of choosing which policy interventions are most promising for poverty reduction.


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© Wiley. Final version published as: Fields, G. S. (2015). Aid, growth and jobs. African Development Review, 27(S1), 5-16. doi: 10.1111/1467-8268.12135 Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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Fields, G. S. (2015). Aid, growth and jobs[Electronic version]. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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