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Out of the Shadows?: The Informal Sector in Post-reform India

Rajesh Raj S.N. and Kunal Sen


In recent years, developing economies, including India, have undergone considerable structural change. The informal sector continues to be a significant component of manufacturing activity in these economies. Yet, despite its large presence, the sector does not seem to contribute much to India’s economy, which has grown rapidly since the 1991 reforms. This volume examines the presence of ‘manufacturing dualism’—a large but less productive informal sector alongside a modern and more productive formal sector—and assesses how informal manufacturing firms have responded to economic liberalization ... More

Keywords: informal sector, manufacturing, India, reforms, firms, dualism, globalization, transformation, growth, economic liberalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199460847
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rajesh Raj S.N., author
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Sikkim University, India

Kunal Sen, author
Professor of Development Economics and Policy, University of Manchester, United Kingdom