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The Informal economy : studies in advanced and less developed countries

Author: Alejandro Portes; Manuel Castells; Lauren A Benton
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1989.
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"A New York roofer requests payment in cash. A Bogota car mechanic sets up "shop" on a quiet side street. Four Mexican immigrants assemble semiconductors in a San Diego home. A Leningrad doctor sells needed medicine to a desperate patient. All are part of a growing worldwide phenomenon that is widely known but little understood. The informal or underground economy is thriving today, not only in the Third World  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Informal economy.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1989
(OCoLC)663637410
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alejandro Portes; Manuel Castells; Lauren A Benton
ISBN: 0801837359 9780801837357 0801837367 9780801837364
OCLC Number: 18350648
Description: viii, 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. Overview. World underneath : the origins, dynamics, and effects of the informal economy / Manuel Castells and Alejandro Portes --
Part 2. Urban labor markets. Employment structure, life cycle, and life chances : formal and informal sectors in Guadalajara / Bryan R. Roberts --
New York City's informal economy / Saskia Sassen-Koob --
Informal sector versus informalized labor relations in Uruguay / Juan Carlos Fortuna and Suzana Prates --
The articulation of formal and informal sectors in the economy of Bogotá, Columbia / Mónica Lanzetta de Pardo and Gabriel Murillo Castaño, with Alvaro Triana Soto --
Miami's two informal sectors / Alex Stepick --
Part 3. Black money, black markets. Cocaine, informality, and the urban Economy in La Paz, Bolivia / José Blanes Jiménez --
Informal personal incomes and outlays of the Soviet urban population / Gregory Grossman --
Part 4. Industrial restructuring and the informal sector. Subcontracting and employment dynamics in Mexico City / Lourdes Beneria --
The informal economy and the development of flexible specialization in Emilia-Romagna / Vittorio Capecchi --
Informalization in the Valencian economy : a model for underdevelopment / Josep-Antoni Ybarra --
Industrial subcontracting and the informal sector : the politics of restructuring in the Madrid electronics industry / Lauren A. Benton --
Part 5. The informal sector and the state. Informalization at the core : Hispanic women, homework, and the advanced capitalist state / M. Patricia Fernandez-Kelly and Anna M. Garcia --
Industrial development, ethnic cleavages, and employment patterns : Penang State, Malaysia / T.G. McGee, Kamal Salih, Mei Ling Young, and Chan Lean Heng --
The "British experiment" : structural adjustment or accelerated decline? / Guy Standing --
Conclusion : the policy implications of informality / Alejandro Portes, Manuel Castells, and Lauren A. Benton.
Other Titles: Studies in advanced and less developed countries
Responsibility: edited by Alejandro Portes, Manuel Castells, Lauren A. Benton.

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"A New York roofer requests payment in cash. A Bogota car mechanic sets up "shop" on a quiet side street. Four Mexican immigrants assemble semiconductors in a San Diego home. A Leningrad doctor sells needed medicine to a desperate patient. All are part of a growing worldwide phenomenon that is widely known but little understood. The informal or underground economy is thriving today, not only in the Third World countries where it was first reported and studied but also in Eastern Europe and the developed nations of the West. The Informal Economy is the first book to bring together studies from all three of these settings and to integrate them into a coherent theoretical framework. Taking an international perspective, the authors dispel a number of misconceptions about the informal economy. They make clear, for instance, that it is not solely a province of the poor. Cutting across social strata, it reflects a political and economic realignment between employers and workers and a shift in the regulatory mission of the government. Throughout, the authors' theoretical observations serve not only to unify material from diverse sources but also to map out directions for further research."--Back cover.

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