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– Concepts and Policies
Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Ravi Kanbur, Elinor Ostrom - Oxford University Press, 2006 - Oxford, UK

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...

Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Ravi Kanbur - Palgrave Macmillan, 2006 - Basingstoke, UK

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...

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– Linkages with the Formal Economy and the Formal Regulatory Environment
Martha Alter Chen - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper explores the relationship of the informal economy to the formal economy and to the formal regulatory environment. It begins with a comparison of the earlier concept of the ‘informal sector’ with the new expanded concept of the ‘informal economy’ which includes...

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Keith Hart - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

The following essay has three parts. The first is a story about fluctuations in the balance of the relationship between impersonal and personal principles of social organization. This draws heavily on Max Weber’s interpretation of western history. The second part reviews the concept of an...

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Sugata Marjit, Dibyendu S. Maiti - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

The objective of the paper is to understand the transforming relationship between the formal and informal sector in a liberalizing open developing economy. There are various facets in this relationship, and we focus on three essential aspects. First, we look at the impact of deregulatory policies...

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– the Case of Cross-Border Commerce in the Horn of Africa
Peter D. Little - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper addresses informal cross-border trade in the Horn of Africa, with an emphasis on the Somalia borderlands. It will be shown that despite the collapse of a government in 1991, Somalia’s unofficial exports of cattle to Kenya have grown considerably during the past 13 years. It will be...

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– a Case Study for Urban Burkina Faso
Michael Grimm, Isabel Günther - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

Given the current focus of international development policy on pro-poor growth and poverty reduction, the role of the informal sector in the process of economic development is again at the top of the research and policy agenda. A key question is if pro-poor growth policies have to address the...

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Amos Sawyer - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper investigates how people created, adapted and used social capital and conflict resolution during more than a decade of violent conflict in Liberia, and the potential of such capital to contribute to post-conflict peacebuilding and self-governance.

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– the Origins and Consequences of Policy Incoherence Toward Informal Traders
Sally Roever - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

Almost twenty years have passed since researchers from the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru showed how ‘bad laws’ impose disproportionate costs on those who choose formality. Although a multitude of conflicting regulations still precludes effective governance of informal...

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– the Mexican Agenda
Eduardo Sojo, Roberto Villarreal - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

Public policy aimed at building capacity among the extremely poor (support for food and nutrition; health; education and, more recently, financial services), combined with a stable macroeconomic environment, has proved to be successful for poverty alleviation in Mexico. Even though overall poverty...

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Ralitza Dimova, Ira N. Gang, John S. Landon-Lane - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

One of the most notable phenomena during economic transition is the shrinkage of the public sector and expansion of the not working population, simultaneously with the expansion of both the formal and informal private sectors. We address the related labour dynamics of the pre and post 1996 crisis...

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– Some Evidence from Indonesian Posyandus
Jeffrey B. Nugent, Shailender Swaminathan - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

This study attempts to determine the extent to which human potential may be unlocked by government or other formal sector actions that induce voluntary contributions by individuals to the activities of Indonesia’s posyandus or village health posts. Posyandus have been an important feature of...

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– a Case Study of the Mekong Lowlands
Coleen Fox, Chris Sneddon - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

In river basins around the world, formal agreements based on international watercourse law are seen as important mechanisms for promoting sustainability and cooperation. While such agreements have been effective in avoiding conflict between states in the short-term, success at the international...

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Anne Trebilcock - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

The ILO was founded for social justice, a mandate expressed today in terms of decent work as a global goal, for all who work, whether in formal or informal contexts. In June 2002, the delegates to the International Labour Conference from governments, workers’ and employers’...

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Rehman Sobhan - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper argues that poverty originates in the structural injustices of a social order which incapacitates the poor from participating in the growth generating sectors of the economy and leaves them captives in the so called informal sector, characterized by low productivity and low earning...

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– Entering Mainstream Markets
Reema Nanavaty - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

This is a brief sketch of the Self Employed Women’s Association’s (SEWA) three-decade-long journey from the local to global and informal to formal sector in search of finding work and income for now 720,000 women workers. Though SEWA remains a local and an informal economy workers...

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