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Expanding employment in the global economy: the high road or the low road?

Singh, Ajit (1996): Expanding employment in the global economy: the high road or the low road? Published in: Book Chapter in Arestis, P., Palma, G. and Sawyer, M. (eds.), Essays in Honour of Geoff Harcourt, Edward Elgar, London. (1996): pp. 1-20.

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A most pressing problem before the world community today is that of unemployment and underemployment - the existence of mass unemployment in advanced economies (the North) and the lack of adequate employment opportunities in many developing countries (the South) for their fast-growing labour forces. The emergence of a much more integrated and liberal world economy in the last decade or so as a consequence of globalization and freer movements of capital and trade, has apparently made little contribution towards meeting this global employment challenge. Whether or not one agrees with those who argue that globalization is a part of the problem rather than its solution, it is quite clear that unless people's legitimate needs for remunerative jobs and productive work can be met, the new liberal international economic order will be in serious jeopardy.

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