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Research Handbook on Development and the Informal Economy

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Research Handbook on Development and the Informal Economy

9781788972796 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jacques Charmes, Emeritus Researcher, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Centre Population et Développement (Ceped), University Paris Descartes, France
Publication Date: September 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78897 279 6 Extent: c 480 pp
This Research Handbook on Development and the Informal Economy captures the magnitude of the informal economy for the global labour force. It unravels numerous concepts, definitions and methods of data collection to offer valuable insight into the differences between the informal, non-observed and shadow economies.

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This Research Handbook on Development and the Informal Economy captures the magnitude of the informal economy for the global labour force. It unravels numerous concepts, definitions and methods of data collection to offer valuable insight into the differences between the informal, non-observed and shadow economies.

Situating the concept of the informal economy within the evolution of development theories, strategies and thinking over the past 50 years, this Research Handbook also explores the future direction of the informal economy. Chapters consider recent debates around the transition from the informal to the formal economy, a transition which would reshape the social contract between people and state. Expert international contributors examine a range of policies, actions, regions and groups of vulnerable workers to uncover which forms of organisation will lead to more power, recognition and sustainable livelihoods for the working poor. They also analyse how innovation, knowledge co-production and technological change at a grassroots level can improve the working and living conditions of the informal worker.

This Research Handbook maps the changing landscape of the informal economy and will be an essential resource for academics, researchers and students in the fields of development studies, economics and international studies.
Critical Acclaim
‘Jacques Charmes and Edward Elgar Publishing are to be warmly congratulated for this Handbook, which reflects on 50 years of academic discussion on the informal economy, and offers us new insights and inspiration for the next 50 years of such work.’
– Simon McGrath, University of Nottingham, UK

‘This Research Handbook on Development and the Informal Economy is a landmark volume offering a uniquely comprehensive overview of the informal economy across the global landscape. Expertly edited by Jacques Charmes, the volume is international in coverage and exhaustive in scope. Bringing together a global roster of authors and many of the leading authorities on the subject, the individual chapters address the multi-faceted dimensions in an expert manner, and collectively cover all the important issues arising from the persistence of the informal economy globally. It is a timely and authoritative Handbook, offering cutting-edge analysis and reflection, and is an essential read for students, academics and practitioners.’
– Colin C. Williams, University of Sheffield, UK
Contributors
Contributors include: P. Adair, C. Bonner, F. Carré, J. Charmes, J. de Beer, S.M. Dias, L. Fernandez, N. Folbre, S. Golub, J. Harvey, P. Horn, P. Kamau, K. King, E. Kraemer-Mbula, F. Lapeyre, E. Manga, M. Martinez, L. Michalak, D. McCormick, L. Monaco, O. Nezhyvenko, S. Ngigi, A.C. Ogando, N. Tumaine, R. Upadhyaya, H. Wamalwa
Contents
Contents:

1. Why and how revisiting the informal economy after 50 years?
Jacques Charmes

PART I THE INFORMAL ECONOMY: CONCEPTS, DEFINITIONS, METHODS OF MEASUREMENT AND ESTIMATION, MAGNITUDE, STRATEGIES
2. The success story of a loose but useful concept: Origins, development, magnitude and trends of the informal economy
Jacques Charmes

3. The Non-Observed Economy vs. the Shadow Economy in the European Union: Concepts, measurements methods and estimates revisited
Philippe Adair

4. Informality and development in Africa
Dorothy McCormick, Erik Manga, Radha Upadhyaya, Paul Kamau, Herbert Wamalwa and Samuel Ngigi

5. Facing informal economy practices and institutions: The challenge of formalisation policies in Africa
Frédéric Lapeyre

PART II RECONSIDERING THE MARGINS AND FRONTIERS OF THE INFORMAL ECONOMY
6. Informal Employment and Non-Market Work
Nancy Folbre

7. Assessing the figures of sex work throughout non transition and transition European countries: Magnitude, premium on earnings and informal employment
Philippe Adair and Oksana Nezhyvenko

8. Kinship Groups and Informal Trade in West and Central Africa
Stephen S. Golub and Mirayda Martinez

PART III GIVING VISIBILITY AND VOICE TO THE MOST VULNERABLE: OBSERVING, PARTICIPATING, SUPPORTING AND ORGANISING
9. Street vendors in Tunisia: Encountering the informal economy
Laurence Michalak

10. Formalisation from the ground: The case of waste pickers’ cooperatives
Sonia Dias and Lucia Fernandez

11. Collective bargaining by informal workers in the global South: Where and how it takes place
Françoise Carré, Pat Horn and Chris Bonner

12. Knowledge co-production with and for organisations of informal workers: Building democratic capacity for social change
Ana Carolina Ogando and Jenna Harvey

PART IV SKILLS, INNOVATION AND IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE IN THE INFORMAL ECONOMY
13. Skills development and the informal sector: A review of reports and commitments of the international institutions
Kenneth King

14. Informality and innovation: An avenue towards bottom-up industrialisation for Africa?
Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Lorenza Monaco

15. Innovation in refugee economies: Supporting intermediaries that embrace informality
Jeremy de Beer and Nicole Tumaine

16. Women in the informal economy and the impact of technological change
Jacques Charmes

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