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Informal Economy Centrestage
New Structures of Employment

Edited by:
  • Renana Jhabvala - Self-Employed Women's Association, Ahmedabad, India
  • Ratna M Sudarshan - Director General, National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi
  • Jeemol Unni - Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India


September 2003 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
`The aim of this edited volume is to improve the measurement of the informal economy in the Indian contect and to make the concerns of its workers central to mainstream economic analysis.... Overall the book makes in important contribution in its effort to bring the informal economy into mainstream economic theory and policy.... [It] provides detailed empirical work on the informal economy in India and takes the first step in achieving the goal of bridging theory and empiricism through a focus on measurement' - Development and Change

 

This volume, the result of a creative collaboration between research and action, is aimed at highlighting the contribution of informal workers to the Indian economy. It provides a unique perspective on informal employment in India, from both a macro and a micro perspective. The contributors put forth the argument that while the informal economy already has a place in official statistics, the existing methods of data collection are inadequate to capture the actual size of this sector or to measure its significant contribution to macroeconomic aggregates. They also maintain that there is a need to constantly revisit assumptions and test findings against field level evidence.

Overall, this volume provides greater clarity to the nebulous concept of informal economy and establishes that it creates employment, provides goods and services, creates savings and investments, and yet the workers and producers of this economy usually live in poverty.

 
Preface
Ratna M Sudarshan and Jeemol Unni
Measuring the Informal Economy
Jeemol Uni and Uma Rani
Employment and Income in the Informal Economy
A Micro-Perspective  
Keshab Das
Income and Employment in Informal Manufacturing
A Case Study  
Anushree Sinha, N Sangeeta and K A Siddiqui
Informal Economy
Gender, Poverty and Households  
N Lalitha
Unorganised Manufacturing and the Gross Domestic Product
Basanta K Pradhan, P K Roy and M R Saluja
Savings from Informal Households
Anil Gumber and Veena Kulkarni
Health Insurance for Workers in the Informal Sector
A Case Study of Gujarat  
Renana Jhabvala
Bringing Informal Workers Centrestage
 
Index

`The aim of this edited volume is to improve the measurement of the informal economy in the Indian contect and to make the concerns of its workers central to mainstream economic analysis.... Overall the book makes in important contribution in its effort to bring the informal economy into mainstream economic theory and policy.... [It] provides detailed empirical work on the informal economy in India and takes the first step in achieving the goal of bridging theory and empiricism through a focus on measurement' - Development and Change

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ISBN: 9780761997108
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