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Informal Labour Markets and Development
     

Informal Labour Markets and Development

by B. Guha-Khasnobis (Editor), Ravi Kanbur (Editor)
 
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.

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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.

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'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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403987556
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
07/11/2006
Series:
Studies in Development Economics and Policy Series
Edition description:
2006
Pages:
265
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

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 Business School, Brunel University, UK
ABIODUN O. FOLAWEWO Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
IRA N. GANG Professor of Economics, Rutgers University, USA
MICHAEL GRIMM Professor of Economics, University of Göttingen, Germany
ISABEL GÜNTHER Research Fellow and Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, University of Göttingen, Germany
JOHN S. LANDON-LANE Assistant Professor of Economics, Rutgers University, USA
DUBYENDU S. MAITI Research Officer, Reserve Bank of India Endowment, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, India
SUGATA MARJIT Reserve Bank of India Professor, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, India and Professor of Economics, City University, Hong Kong
ARUP MITRA Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, India and Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan
SAM O. OLOFIN Professor of Economics and Director, Centre for Econometric and Allied Research (CEAR), University of Ibadan, Nigeria
ANUSHREE SINHA Senior Fellow and Chief Economist, NCAER, India
EDUARDO SOJO Co-ordinator, Cabinet for Economic and Social Areas, President of Mexico and Head, Office for Public Policies, Presidential Office, Mexico
TULUS TAMBUNAN Lecturer and Researcher, Faculty of Economics, University of Trisakti, Indonesia
ROBERTO VILLARREAL Head of Unit for Social and Regional Policies, Office for Public Policies, Presidential Office, Mexico
GUANGHUA WAN Senior Research Fellow and Programme and Project Director, UNU-WIDER, Finland
YUCHUN ZHU Associate Professor, College of Economics and Management, Northwest A&F University, China

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