Cornell University, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Author, Topic spokesperson
Developing countries, (Un)employment, Poverty and inequality, Economic mobility
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Professor of Economics and John P. Windmuller Chair of International and Comparative Labor, Cornell University, USA
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Advisor to the World Bank, WIDER, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, International Labor Organization, Global Development Network and the United Nations, among others
Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics, Yale University, USA 1972–1978
PhD Economics, University of Michigan, 1972
Working Hard, Working Poor. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.Distribution and Development. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press and the Russell Sage Foundation, 2001.
“Labor market modeling and the urban informal sector: Theory and evidence.” In: Turnham, D., B. Salomé, and A. Schwarz (eds). The Informal Sector Revisited. Paris: OECD, 1990.
“On inequality comparisons.” Econometrica (1978) (with J. C. H. Fei).
“Rural-urban migration, urban unemployment and underemployment, and job search activity in LDCs.” Journal of Development Economics (1975).
The right policies can help the self-employed to boost their earnings above the poverty level and earn more for the work they doGary S. Fields, May 2014A key way for the world’s poor—nearly half of humanity—to escape poverty is to earn more for their labor. Most of the world’s 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 poverty should be: raising the returns to self-employment and creating more opportunities to move from self-employment into higher paying wage employment.MoreLess