Contrapunto: The Informal Sector Debate in Latin America
Cathy A. Rakowski
SUNY Press, 1994 M01 1 - 336 pages
The informal sector denotes the small-scale, unprotected, and loosely regulated activities and self-employment that proliferate in developing countries. This book is about the people who engage in informal activities and the people who study, interpret, intervene in, promote, or attempt to repress or regulate the sector. The authors bring together and evaluate for the first time competing theories, policies, and research findings on the informal sector, dealing with issues of power, ideology, and politics; basic research, applied research, program evaluation, and policymaking; exploitation, entrepreneurship, and opportunity; and poverty and the accumulation of wealth.
Introduction What Debate?
The Informal Sector Debate Part 1 19701983
The Informal Sector Debate Part 2 19841993
The Many Roles of the Informal Sector in Development Evidence from Urban Labor Market Research 19401989
Macro Level Policy Issues
The Impact of Government Policies on Microenterprise Development Conclusions from Empirical Studies
Macroeconomic Policy and the Informal Sector
When More Can Be Less Labor Standards Development and the Informal Economy
Training and Technical Assistance for Small and Microenterprise A Discussion of Their Effectiveness
A Closer Look at Poverty Planning and Power
Informality and Poverty Causal Relationship or Coincidence?
Transaction Costs Formal Plans and Formal Informality Alternatives to the Informal Sector
Contrapunto Policy Research and the Role of the State
Informality de Soto Style From Concept to Policy
Inside Informal Sector Policies in Latin America An Economists View
Micro Level Intervention Issues
The Role of Governments and Private Institutions in Addressing the Informal Sector in Latin America
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