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Contrapunto: The Informal Sector Debate in Latin America

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The informal sector denotes the small-scale, unprotected, and loosely regulated activities and self-employment that proliferate in developing countries. This volume is about the people who engage in informal activities and the people who study, interpret, intervene in, promote, or attempt to repress or regulate the sector. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
1 Introduction: What Debate? 3
2 The Informal Sector Debate, Part 1: 1970-1983 11
3 The Informal Sector Debate, Part 2: 1984-1993 31
4 The Many Roles of the Informal Sector in Development: Evidence from Urban Labor Market Research, 1940-1989 51
5 The Impact of Government Policies on Microenterprise Development: Conclusions from Empirical Studies 75
6 Macroeconomic Policy and the Informal Sector 91
7 When More Can Be Less: Labor Standards, Development, and the Informal Economy 113
8 Informality, de Soto Style: From Concept to Policy 131
9 Inside Informal Sector Policies in Latin America: An Economist's View 153
10 The Role of Governments and Private Institutions in Addressing the Informal Sector in Latin America 177
11 Training and Technical Assistance for Small and Microenterprise: A Discussion of Their Effectiveness 199
12 Informality and Poverty: Causal Relationship or Coincidence? 223
13 Transaction Costs, Formal Plans, and Formal Informality: Alternatives to the Informal "Sector" 251
14 Contrapunto: Policy, Research, and the Role of the State 273
Bibliography 289
Contributors 321
Author Index 325
Subject Index 331
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