Informal Labour Markets And Development by B. Guha-khasnobisInformal Labour Markets And Development by B. Guha-khasnobis

Informal Labour Markets And Development

byB. Guha-khasnobisEditorRavi Kanbur

Hardcover | July 11, 2006

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This book presents significant new research on the informal labour markets of developing countries. Examining the critical role of informal labour markets in allowing countries to adjust successfully to the forces of globalization, this volume also brings to the fore a number of problems associated with the expansion of informal employment.
CHRISTOPHER ADAM Reader in Development Economics, University of Oxford, UK JOÃN PEDRO W. DE AZEVEDO Research Associate, Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), Brazil INDRANEEL DASGUPTA Reader, School of Economics, University of Nottingham, UK RALITZA DIMOVA Lecturer, Economics and Finance Department, Brunel Busines...
Title:Informal Labour Markets And DevelopmentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:265 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.69 inPublished:July 11, 2006Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1403987556

ISBN - 13:9781403987556


Table of Contents

List of Figures List of Tables Foreword Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors List of Abbreviations and Acronyms Introduction: Informal Labour Markets and Development; B.Guha-Khasnobis & R.Kanbur PART 1: ECONOMIC REFORM AND INFORMAL LABOUR MARKETS Globalization, Reform and the Informal Sector; S.Marjit & D.S.Maiti Trade Reforms and Informalization: Getting Behind Jobless Growth in India; A.Sinha & C.Adam Evasive Reform: Informalization in a Liberalized Economy with Wage-setting Unions; I.Dasgupta & S.Marjit Township and Village Enterprises and Employment Generation in China; G.Wan & Y.Zhu The Informal Sector During Crisis and Transition; R.Dimova, I.N.Gang & J.S.Landon-Lane PART 2: SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE URBAN POOR An Investigation of the Labour Market Earnings in Deprived Areas: Evaluating the Sources of Earning Differentials in the Slums; Azevedo Urban Informal Sector and Networks: A Case Study of Delhi Slum Dwellers; A.Mitra Inter- and Intra-household Linkages between the Informal and Formal Sectors: A Case Study for Urban Burkina Faso; M.Grimm & I.Günther Skill Requirements, Earnings and Labour Demand in Nigeria's Urban Informal Sector; S.O.Olofin & A.O.Folawewo Survival Strategy and the Importance of the Informal Sector for Urban Poor Families: A Case Study of Jakarta; T.Tambunan Public Policies to Promote Productive Occupation and Increase Formality Among the Moderate Poor: The Mexican Agenda; E.Sojo & R.Villarreal

Editorial Reviews

'Despite Arthur Lewis's predictions and arguments in the 1950s, it is clear that the informal sector is here to stay. Over the last half a century, the dynamics of rich and poor economies have further impressed the fact that 'informality' is not a passing phenomenon. In this context, this volume from UNU-WIDER is a great contribution to an appreciation of the opportunities and challenges in the informal sector. The countries selected show the rich experience in the informal sector of big and small economies from different regions of the world. A better understanding of the informality will enable policy makers and development practitioners to bring out the best from this sector, contributing to a world with more economic growth and less poverty. This book accomplishes this task very well.' - Sudharshan Canagarajah, Senior Economist, the World Bank'The informal sector has been the major sector of growth and labour absorption in most of the developed world. The perspective on the sector has changed - and is still changing - since its 'discovery' in the early seventies in the development literature. The editors have to be congratulated on bringing together this valuable collection from work in different parts of the world. It will be used widely by researchers and practitioners alike.' - Dipak Mazumdar, Munk Center for International Studies, University of Toronto'For many poor urban and peri-urban households, informal sector is often the only route to livelihood and survival. In the context of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing poverty, it is important to recognise that informal sector is not necessarily a 'rag-bag' of low-technology and low-productivity activities but one that can channel dynamism and the creativity of the poor; provided the right kind of institutional and policy environment is created. However, using a formal mechanism of policy to deal with issues of informal sector can be an oxymoron unless ingenious ways are used for deliberation and participation. The various chapters in this book make a timely contribution to deepen our understanding of some of the important challenges to enabling policies and facilitating institutions.' - P.B. Anand, Bradford Centre for International Development, University of Bradford, UK