The present study looks at the links between economic class and different labour market variables relatedto economic participation and employment in Sri Lanka. The findings indicate that: the extreme poor aresignificantly marginalised from labour markets; educational attainment is positively related to economic class;young people, particularly young females, face considerable obstacles to accessing employment; vulnerable employment is closely linked to low income; gender disparities in labour force participation and job qualityare prevalent among all economic classes; and the currently accepted definition of vulnerable employmentis insufficient to capture workers engaged in precarious work in both the formal and informal sectors. Thepolicy recommendation that stems from this study is that policies that aim at achieving full, productive anddecent employment must be central to poverty eradication measures in the post-2015 agenda.
Sri Lankan think-tank promoting a better understanding of poverty-related development issues. CEPA believes that poverty is an injustice that should be overcome and that overcoming poverty involves changing policies and practices nationally and internationally, as well as working with people in poverty.
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