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The informal sector in francophone Africa : firm size, productivity, and institutions

Author: Nancy C Benjamin; Ahmadou Aly Mbaye; Ibrahima Thione Diop
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : World Bank Publications, 2012.
Series: Africa development forum.
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The informal sector in West Africa has some distinctive characteristics. Informality usually connotes small and unorganized producers operating on the fringes of the formal economy. In West African countries, however, the normal situation is to some extent reversed: a dynamic informal sector dominates the stagnant formal economy. Moreover, in these countries, small operators coexist with very large and politically  Read more...
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Benjamin, Nancy C., 1956-
Informal sector in francophone Africa.
Washington, D.C. : World Bank, 2012
(DLC) 2012011914
(OCoLC)781556056
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy C Benjamin; Ahmadou Aly Mbaye; Ibrahima Thione Diop
ISBN: 9780821395424 0821395424
OCLC Number: 797917076
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 233 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Outline: Characteristics of informal businesses in West Africa --
Institutional, regulatory and socio-culturalenvironment --
Costs and benefits of informality: productivity, living standards, and tax revenue --
Main onclusions and recommendations --
Chapter 1. The informal sector in West Africa: definition --
Chapter 2. Data sources and methods --
Chapter 3. The informal sector in west Africa: overview of economic significance and welfare effects --
Chapter 4. Large informal firms in West Africa --
Chapter 5. Characteristics of the informal sector: findings from our surveys --
Chapter 6. The institutional environment of the informal sector in West Africa --
Chapter 7. Informality and productivity --
Chapter 8. Informal trading networks in West Africa: the Mourides of Senegal/Gambia and the Yoruba of Benin/Nigeria --
Chapter 9. Government policies, smuggling and the informal sector.
Series Title: Africa development forum.
Responsibility: Nancy Benjamin and Ahmadou Aly Mbaye ; with Ibrahima Thione Diop [and others].

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The informal sector in West Africa has some distinctive characteristics. Informality usually connotes small and unorganized producers operating on the fringes of the formal economy. In West African countries, however, the normal situation is to some extent reversed: a dynamic informal sector dominates the stagnant formal economy. Moreover, in these countries, small operators coexist with very large and politically well-connected informal enterprises and well-organized networks. Notwithstanding its importance, there have been relatively few systematic studies of this dual feature of the informa.

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