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Linking the Formal and Informal Economy: Concepts and Policies

Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Ravi Kanbur, and Elinor Ostrom


This book brings together a new collection of studies on formality and informality in developing countries. The concepts of formal and informal are still central to the theory and practice of development more than half a century after they were first introduced. 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 book argues for moving beyond the formal-informal dichotomy. Useful as it has proven to be, a more n ... More

Keywords: developing countries, development, statistical services, policy, dichotomy, disorganized

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199204762
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199204764.001.0001


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Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, editor
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Ravi Kanbur, editor
Cornell University
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Elinor Ostrom, editor
Indiana University
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1 Beyond formality and informality

Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Ravi Kanbur, and Elinor Ostrom

Part I Concepts and Measurement

Part II 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

10 Microinsurance for the informal economy workers in India

Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis and Rajeev Ahuja

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