Pathways Out of Poverty

Private Firms and Economic Mobility in Developing Countries

Editors: Fields, Gary S., Pfeffermann, Guy (Eds.)

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Until recently, development economists tended to assume a role for private enterprise in reducing poverty, but they didn't articulate it explicitly. The new institutional economics literature, with its emphasis on transaction costs, addresses the environment in which private businesses operate in various countries - the "investment climate".

Building on this new thinking, Pathways Out of Poverty begins by citing the worldwide drop in the number of very poor people and goes on to identify the ways in which private firms and farms contribute to economic mobility and poverty reduction and what governments can do to enhance this contribution. In four Parts, the editors and contributors address economic mobility, offer numerous global examples, consider the importance of good investment climates, and examine the impact of public policies and public attitudes. Their theory, hard economic analysis, and case studies provide rich and innovative mechanisms for reducing poverty in developing and transition countries.

About the authors

Gary S. Fields is professor in the Department of Labor Economics and chair of the Department of International and Comparative Labor at Cornell University.

Guy Pfeffermann was for the past fifteen years Chief Economist of the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. He teaches at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pathways Out of Poverty
Book Subtitle
Private Firms and Economic Mobility in Developing Countries
Editors
  • Gary S. Fields
  • Guy Pfeffermann
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-7412-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 298
Topics