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Author Antonopoulos, Rania
Source EconStor
Content type Text
Publisher Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Economics
Subject Keyword Unemployment ♦ Poverty ♦ Employer of Last Resort ♦ Employment Guarantee Schemes ♦ Gender ♦ Household Production ♦ South Africa ♦ Current Heterodox Approaches ♦ Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity ♦ Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination ♦ Fiscal Policy ♦ Structure and Scope of Government ♦ Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
Abstract There is now widespread recognition that in most countries, private-sector investment has not been able to absorb surplus labor. This is all the more the case for poor unskilled people. Public works programs and employment guarantee schemes in South Africa, India, and other countries provide jobs while creating public assets. In addition to physical infrastructure, an area that has immense potential to create much-needed jobs is that of social service delivery and social infrastructure. While unemployment and enforced idleness persist, existing time-use survey data reveal that people around the worldespecially women and childrenspend long hours performing unpaid work. This work includes not only household maintenance and care provisioning for family members and communities, but also time spent that helps fill public infrastructural gapsfor example, in the energy, health, and education sectors. This paper suggests that, by bringing together public job creation, on the one hand, and unpaid work, on the other, well-designed employment guarantee policies can promote job creation, gender equality, and pro-poor development.
Part of series Working Paper x516
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2007-01-01
Publisher Place Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
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