Linking the Formal and Informal Economy: Concepts and Policies by Basudeb Guha-KhasnobisLinking the Formal and Informal Economy: Concepts and Policies by Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis

Linking the Formal and Informal Economy: Concepts and Policies

EditorBasudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Ravi Kanbur, Elinor Ostrom

Paperback | September 28, 2007

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The concepts of formal and informal remain central to the theory and practice of development more than half a century after they were introduced into the debate. They help structure the way that statistical services collect data on the economies of developing countries, the development oftheoretical and empirical analysis, and, most important, the formulation and implementation of policy. This volume brings together a significant new collection of studies on formality and informality in developing countries. The volume is multidisciplinary in nature, with contributions from anthropologists, economists, sociologists, and political scientists. It contains contributions from among thevery best analysts in development studies. Between them the chapters argue for moving beyond the formal-informal dichotomy. Useful as it has proven to be, a more nuanced approach is needed in light of conceptual and empirical advances, and in light of the policy failures brought about by a characterization of the 'informal' as'disorganized'. The wealth of empirical information in these studies, and in the literature more widely, can be used to develop guiding principles for intervention that are based on ground level reality.
Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis is a Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER. He is a PhD from the University of Rochester and worked for IGIDR (Mumbai), ICRIER (New Delhi) and The Exim Bank of India. His research interests include international economics, development economics and financial economics. Ravi Kanbur is T.H. Lee Professor of World Af...
Title:Linking the Formal and Informal Economy: Concepts and PoliciesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:September 28, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199237298

ISBN - 13:9780199237296


Table of Contents

1. Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Ravi Kanbur, and Elinor Ostrom: Beyond Formality and InformalityConcepts and Measurement2. Keith Hart: Bureaucratic Form and the Informal Economy3. Robert K. Christensen: The Global Path: Soft Law and Non-sovereigns Formalizing the Potency of the Informal Sector4. Alice Sindzingre: The Relevance of the Concepts of Formality and Informality: A Theoretical Appraisal5. Martha Alter Chen: Rethinking the Informal Economy: Linkages with the Formal Economy and the Formal Regulatory Environment6. M. R. Narayana: Formal and Informal Enterprises: Concept, Definition, and Measurement Issues in IndiaEmpirical Studies of Policies and Interlinking7. Norman V. Loayza, Ana Maria Oviedo, and Luis Serven: The Impact of Regulation on Growth and Informality: Cross-Country Evidence8. Robert Lensink, Mark McGillivray, and Pham Thi Thu Tra: Financial Liberalization in Vietnam: Impact on Loans from Informal, Formal, and Semi-formal Providers9. Fredrik Soderbaum: Blocking Human Potential: How Formal Policies Block the Informal Economy in the Maputo Corridor10. Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis and Rajeev Ahuja: Microinsurance for the Informal Economy Workers in India11. Krister Andersson and Diego Pacheco: Turning to Forestry for a Way Out of Poverty: Is Formalizing Property Rights Enough?12. Jeffrey B. Nugent and Shailender Swaminathan: Voluntary Contributions to Informal Activities Producing Public Goods: Can These be Induced by Government and other Formal Sector Agents? Some Evidence from Indonesian Posyandus13. Amos Sawyer: Social Capital, Survival Strategies, and their Potential for Post-Conflict Governance in Liberia14. Sally Roever: Enforcement and Compliance in Lima's Street Markets: The Origins and Consequences of Policy Incoherence Toward Informal Traders15. Liz Alden Wily: Formalizing the Informal: Is There a Way to Safely Unlock Human Potential Through Land Entitlement? A Review of Changing Land Administration in Africa

Editorial Reviews

`Linking the Formal and Informal Economy is an excellent synthesis of past debates and contemporary policy analysis. It embraces economic development, governance and social justice issues and it provides innovative case studies from a wide variety of contexts.'Ray Bromley, State University of New York at Albany