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Estimating the world at work, Volume 1
Author:Filmer, Deon; Country:World;
Date Stored:1995/07/01Document Date:1995/07/31
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Earth Sciences & GIS; Environmental Economics & Policies; Demographics; Labor Policies; Health Economics & Finance; Youth and Governance; Labor Markets; Public Health Promotion
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Social Protection
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS1488
Sub Sectors:Labor Markets & EmploymentCollection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 1488
Volume No:1  

Summary: Addressing the question, "What is the work status of the world's working-age population and subgroups thereof?" The author gathers data for many countries and infers data where it is missing (which requires making "heroic assumptions"). The results are of course only as good as the data are representative and accurate. Data are least reliable for sub-Saharan Africa. The high-income group is dominated (in population) by the United States, Germany, and Japan, which account for 58 percent of that group's working-age population. The middle-income group is dominated by Indonesia, the Russian Federation, and Brazil, which account for 40 percent of that group's working-age population. The low-income group is dominated by China and India, which account for 70 percent of that group's working-age population. Among other things, the author's charts and tables show the breakdown on working-age employment - in services, industry, agriculture - and unemployment in various parts of the world.

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