The Right to a Job, the Right Types of Projects: Employment Guarantee Policies from a Gender Perspective

Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 516

48 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2007

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Rania Antonopoulos

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

Date Written: September 21, 2007

Abstract

There is now widespread recognition that in most countries, private-sector investment has not been able to absorb surplus labor. This is all the more the case for poor unskilled people. Public works programs and employment guarantee schemes in South Africa, India, and other countries provide jobs while creating public assets. In addition to physical infrastructure, an area that has immense potential to create much-needed jobs is that of social service delivery and social infrastructure. While unemployment and enforced "idleness" persist, existing time-use survey data reveal that people around the world - especially women and children - spend long hours performing unpaid work. This work includes not only household maintenance and care provisioning for family members and communities, but also time spent that helps fill public infrastructural gaps - for example, in the energy, health, and education sectors. This paper suggests that, by bringing together public job creation, on the one hand, and unpaid work, on the other, well-designed employment guarantee policies can promote job creation, gender equality, and pro-poor development.

Keywords: Unemployment, Poverty, Employer of Last Resort, Employment Guarantee Schemes, Gender, Household Production, South Africa

JEL Classification: B5, E24, E61, E62, H1, J16

Suggested Citation

Antonopoulos, Rania, The Right to a Job, the Right Types of Projects: Employment Guarantee Policies from a Gender Perspective (September 21, 2007). Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 516. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1016197 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1016197

Rania Antonopoulos (Contact Author)

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute ( email )

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