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Trinidad and Tobago - Poverty and unemployment in an oil based economy (English)

This report seeks to understand the causes, characteristics, and linkages of poverty and unemployment in the country, and presents a viable strategy for improving living conditions in the short to medium term. Chapter 1 discusses trends in poverty and provides a profile of the poor. Chapter 2 analyzes trends in unemployment, the salient characteristics of the labor force, the institutional and legislative aspects of the labor market that affect unemployment, and provides recommendations for policy changes which will improve the functioning of the labor market. Chapter 3 discusses a macroeconomic strategy to promote labor-intensive growth. Chapter 4 focuses on the weaknesses in the delivery of basic education and health care to the poor with the recommendations for improving these services. And finally, Chapter 5 analyzes the social safety net as well as the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with recommendations on how to increase the impact and effectiveness of safety net programs.


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    Pre-2003 Economic or Sector Report

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    Trinidad and Tobago,

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    Latin America & Caribbean,

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    Trinidad and Tobago - Poverty and unemployment in an oil based economy

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Trinidad and Tobago - Poverty and unemployment in an oil based economy (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.