Linking the Formal and Informal Economy: Concepts and Policies

Linking the Formal and Informal Economy: Concepts and Policies

by Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Ravi Kanbur, Elinor Ostrom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199204764

ISBN-13: 9780199204762

Pub. Date: 11/23/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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 of theoretical and empirical analysis, and, most important, the formulation and

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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 of theoretical 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 the very 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199204762
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/23/2006
Series:
WIDER Studies in Development Economics Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Beyond Formality and Informality, Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Ravi Kanbur, and Elinor Ostrom
Concepts and Measurement
2. Bureaucratic Form and the Informal Economy, Keith Hart
3. The Global Path: Soft Law and Non-sovereigns Formalizing the Potency of the Informal Sector, Robert K. Christensen
4. The Relevance of the Concepts of Formality and Informality: A Theoretical Appraisal, Alice Sindzingre
5. Rethinking the Informal Economy: Linkages with the Formal Economy and the Formal Regulatory Environment, Martha Alter Chen
6. Formal and Informal Enterprises: Concept, Definition, and Measurement Issues in India, M. R. Narayana
Empirical Studies of Policies and Interlinking
7. The Impact of Regulation on Growth and Informality: Cross-Country Evidence, Norman V. Loayza, Ana María Oviedo, and Luis Servén
8. Financial Liberalization in Vietnam: Impact on Loans from Informal, Formal, and Semi-formal Providers, Robert Lensink, Mark McGillivray, and Pham Thi Thu Trà
9. Blocking Human Potential: How Formal Policies Block the Informal Economy in the Maputo Corridor, Fredrik Söderbaum
10. Microinsurance for the Informal Economy Workers in India, Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis and Rajeev Ahuja
11. Turning to Forestry for a Way Out of Poverty: Is Formalizing Property Rights Enough?, Krister Andersson and Diego Pacheco
12. Voluntary Contributions to Informal Activities Producing Public Goods: Can These be Induced by Government and other Formal Sector Agents? Some Evidence from Indonesian Posyandus, Jeffrey B. Nugent and Shailender Swaminathan
13. Social Capital, Survival Strategies, and their Potential for Post-Conflict Governance in Liberia, Amos Sawyer
14. Enforcement and Compliance in Lima's Street Markets: The Origins and Consequences of Policy Incoherence Toward Informal Traders, Sally Roever
15. Formalizing the Informal: Is There a Way to Safely Unlock Human Potential Through Land Entitlement? A Review of Changing Land Administration in Africa, Liz Alden Wily

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