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Liberalization and Economic Performance of the Informal Sector

A study of Indian Economy, 1st Edition

By Indrajit Bairagya


194 pages | 45 B/W Illus.

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Impact of liberalization on informality has been a subject of intense debate for many years and the major issue that has come up is whether liberalization helps to grow informal sector and informality in the economy or it is an obstruction for informal sector’s growth. Thus, in the light of the recent liberalization measure, this book sets to examine general presumptions of the development of informal sector in the context of the Indian economy.

The book begins with a broad framework for analysis of output contribution and growth of the informal sector. Liberalization is measured by openness indices and inter-sectoral linkages. Impact of liberalization on growth contributions of informal sector is captured by openness indices (i.e. degree of openness to trade and principal component scores), technical efficiency (measured by Data Envelope Analysis and estimated by Tobit Censored Regression model) and components of productivity (computed by Malmquist total factor productivity index) of the informal enterprises by inter-sectoral linkages. The linkages are modeled theoretically in a neo-classical growth theory and empirically measured by sub-contracting arrangements between formal and informal enterprises. In addition, the book also provides implications on promotion of informal sector from the viewpoint of employment generation.

The description and analyses of the book will help with policy implications and enlighten the readers on the development of informal sector.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Definitional Distinction between the Unorganized and Informal Sector 3. Contribution and Growth of the Formal and Informal Sectors 4. Impact of Liberalization on Growth of Informal Sector 5. Formal-Informal Sectors’ Linkages and Economic Growth 6. Efficiency of the Informal Sector in India and its Determinants 7. Total Factor Productivity Growth of Informal and Non-informal Unorganized Manufacturing Sectors 8. Employment in India’s Informal Sector and Informal Employment in the formal Sector: Sizes and Determinants 9. Conclusion and Policy Implications

About the Author

Indrajit Bairagya is currently working as Assistant Professor at Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. Prior to this he was Assistant Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati Campus, India. He has his PhD in Economics from the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India. He has been awarded the Nancy Richard Ruggles Memorial Prize for the paper ‘Liberalization, Informal Sector and Formal–Informal Sectors’ Relationship: a Study of India’ from the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW). He has publications in various national and international journals including Journal of Developing Areas, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy and Indian Economic Journal etc.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General