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Title:Towards a dual education system - a labour market perspective on poverty reduction in Bolivia PDF Logo
Authors:Lay, Jann
Wiebelt, Manfred
Issue Date:2001
Series/Report no.:Kiel Working Papers 1073
Abstract:This paper addresses poverty reduction strategies from a labour market perspective. Structural features and constraints are emphasised using informality as a descriptive and segmentation as an analytical concept. Divergent demand-side developments combined with limited labour market mobility result in labour market segmentation. Vicious skill circles are identified that keep the poor trapped in jobs with low incomes. The analysis of the dimensions of informality in the Bolivian labour market shows that its characteristics do not correspond to the conventionally assumed informal-formal dichotomy. Empirical studies on the Bolivian case are reviewed that support the hypothesis of a segmented labour market with vicious poverty circles. The major policy conclusion for poverty reduction drawn from the analysis is that education should be more focused on employment.
Subjects:dual education system
poverty reduction
Bolivia
JEL:I3
R23
O17
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
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