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The OutsidersEconomic Reform and Informal Labour in a Developing Economy$
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Sugata Marjit and Saibal Kar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198071495

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071495.001.0001

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Two Case Studies on the Informal Economy

Two Case Studies on the Informal Economy

(p.183) 11 Two Case Studies on the Informal Economy
The Outsiders

Sugata Marjit

Saibal Kar

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses two case studies—Dharavi in Mumbai and Surat in Gujarat. In particular, it uses the case studies to discuss situations where international trade policies and their effects on domestic factor prices turn out to be of critical importance for the existence of informal activities. It shows that the recent transformation of the slums in Dharavi in Mumbai through massive real estate development is counter-productive to a flourishing informal segment of leather products, though the general state of the unorganized leather industry has worsened somewhat over the recent years. In contrast, the paper work industry in Surat is benefiting from the spoils of globalization.

Keywords:   international trade, trade policy, domestic factor prices, informal sector, real estate development, Dharavi, leather products industry, Surat, paper work industry

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