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Labor Intermediation Services in Developing Economies

Adapting Employment Services for a Global Age


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About this book


This book demonstrates how rethinking and adapting basic employment services into labor intermediation services can help address the many labor market disconnections of developing country economies. It addresses how scarce resources required to escape poverty – good jobs, schools, and training - more often go to the privileged and well-connected than to those who need them most. With jobs now at the top of development debates, this is a rare book on how to practically adapt one key labor market policy to very different developing and emerging country markets. It shows through examples how developing countries can build in stages from basic employment services to diverse labor intermediation services – opening up job listings, stimulating public-private partnerships, and making job connections for those who don’t have a "cousin Vinny who knows a guy". This book is for policy practitioners, development organizations, and academics who are ready to think differently about one of the policies that needs to change so that developing economies can better meet the employment and higher skill challenges of the global age.


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  1. 1.Johns Hopkins UniversityPotomacUSA

About the authors

Jacqueline Mazza is currently Senior Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, teaching in Washington, DC and Bologna, Italy. She is a recognized expert in the field of labor markets and development, with over 25 years of experience. She served most recently as Principal Labor Markets Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank.

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