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INFORMALITY, VULNERABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT

Dibyendu Maiti () and Arup Mitra ()
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Arup Mitra: Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University Enclave, Delhi 110007, India

Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship (JDE), 2011, vol. 16, issue 02, pages 199-211

Abstract: This paper makes an attempt to estimate the index of informal sector employment that can be attributed to the supply-push phenomenon. Factors explaining the inter-state variations in this index include the industrial-informal sector wage gap, revenue expenditure and development expenditure incurred by the government. Increased development expenditure brings a decline in distress-led informalization because education, health and infrastructure facilities tend to enhance the employability of an individual. However, education as such does not reduce the residual absorption in the informal sector unless there is improvement in quality. The paper also notes an increase in inequality with an increase in distress-led informalization. Adoption of labor intensive technology in the organized or formal industrial sector is indeed crucial for pro-poor growth. The other policy implication is in terms of enhanced investment in the areas of human capital formation and overall development of the region.

Keywords: Informal sector; supply-push; development expenditure; stochastic frontier (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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