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Growth, employment and poverty: An analysis of the vital nexus based on some recent UNDP and ILO/SIDA studies


  • Azizur Rahman Khan


This Working Paper explores the role of employment growth in determining the effect of a given rate of economic growth on the rate of change in poverty. It is based on the findings of 16 country case studies recently carried out by the United Nations Development Programme and the International Labour Organization. The principal finding of the paper is that the rate of poverty reduction has invariably been lower than what it potentially should have been and the main reason for this is both the low employment intensity of growth and, with few exceptions, low overall growth itself.

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  • Azizur Rahman Khan, 2007. "Growth, employment and poverty: An analysis of the vital nexus based on some recent UNDP and ILO/SIDA studies," Working Papers 49, United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs.
  • Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:49

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    1. Luis Carlos Jemio & Maria del Carmen Choque, 2003. "Employment-Poverty Linkages and Policies: The Case of Bolivia," Development Research Working Paper Series 05/2003, Institute for Advanced Development Studies.
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    employment; poverty;

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    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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