Reducing Poverty Through Employment

40 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2009

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Aneel G. Karnani

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Date Written: September 1, 2009


Widespread poverty is an urgent challenge for the world. Creating opportunities for steady employment at reasonable wages is the best way to take people out of poverty. Reducing poverty through employment requires two major thrusts: 1) generate employment, and 2) increase employability. To increase employment, I argue for focusing on small and medium sized enterprises, which are the main engine of job creation. To increase employability, a good starting place to focus on is the youth. This paper describes in detail two organizations, TechnoServe and Employment Generation & Marketing Mission, which are implementing these ideas and effectively helping to reduce poverty.

Keywords: Poverty reduction, youth employment, job creation, facilitate employment, public-private partnership

JEL Classification: O10, M10, I30

Suggested Citation

Karnani, Aneel G., Reducing Poverty Through Employment (September 1, 2009). Ross School of Business Paper No. 1132, Available at SSRN: or

Aneel G. Karnani (Contact Author)

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States

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