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Informal Labour Markets and Development

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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, such as poor working conditions, the lack of worker protection and the proliferation of urban slums. Comprising theoretical and empirical case studies from Africa, Asia, ...

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Overview

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, such as poor working conditions, the lack of worker protection and the proliferation of urban slums. Comprising theoretical and empirical case studies from Africa, Asia, Central Europe and Latin America, it facilitates comparisons across developing countries from diverse geographical areas.

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BASUDEB GUHA-KHASNOBIS is a Research Fellow and Project Director at UNU-WIDER, Finland. Previous appointments include IGIDR (Mumbai), the EXIM Bank of India (Bangalore), ICRIER (New Delhi), and as a research consultant for several international organizations. He is the editor of The WTO, Developing Countries and the Doha Development Agenda.

RAVI KANBUR is T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, USA, and previously Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, UK, and Chief Economist for Africa at the World Bank.

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Table of Contents

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—J.P.W.de 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

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