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Ideas for Development in the Americas, Volume 2: Working on Labor Markets in Latin America

EDITOR(s): Funaro, Rita
PUBLISHED: September 2003
RELATED TOPICS: Poverty Reduction and Labor
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The Research Department is pleased to present the latest edition of its newsletter, Ideas for Development in the Americas (IDEA). This issue is based on the IDB's 2004 report on Economic and Social Progress in Latin America, which focuses on the problems surrounding people and their jobs. The report presents an anatomy of Latin American labor markets, a diagnosis of their ills, and prescriptions for treating these ailments. IDEA summarizes some of the major issues and includes excerpts from Good Jobs Wanted: Labor Markets in Latin America.

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