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Estimating the world at work, Volume 1
Author:Filmer, Deon; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 1488
Country:World; Date Stored:1995/07/01
Document Date:1995/07/31Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Earth Sciences & GIS; Environmental Economics & Policies; Demographics; Labor Policies; Health Economics & Finance; Youth and Governance; Labor Markets; Public Health PromotionLanguage:English
Major Sector:(Historic)Social ProtectionRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS1488Sub Sectors:Labor Markets & Employment
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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