Wednesday, July 25, 2012

25 July 2012: Release of a special issue of Margin: The Journal of Applied Economic Research - Informality—Concepts, Facts and Models

Guest Editors:
Dr. Anushree Sinha, Senior Fellow, NCAER and
Prof. Ravi Kanbur, Professor of Economics, Cornell University

Chief Guest:
Dr. Narendra Jadhav, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India

Dr. Pronab Sen, Principal Adviser, Planning Commission, Government of India
Ms. Ratna M Sudarshan, Former Director, ISST, New Delhi

This special issue of the Journal of Applied Economic Research (JAER) introduces a symposium that pushes the frontiers of research on informality by presenting new facts and a range of ways of conceptualising and modelling informality. There are a number of studies in the literature that show how trade opening and greater globalisation can affect informal employment and informal wages. Most empirical studies, however, do not address the informal sector directly. This special issue of JAER begins with three papers that provide a much-needed exploration of the facts of informality. In particular, more worker-based conceptualisation is introduced in contrast to an enterprise-based one. One of the striking emerging facts is that informality is not declining and may even be increasing—in India and elsewhere in the world. The last four papers in the special issue describe empirical models that trace the interactions of the informal sector with the rest of the national and international economy. In their insightful overview, the editors pose no fewer than ten open research questions that are motivated by analytical and policy concerns. These include: What should be the consensus on how to conceptualise informality? Does greater competition encourage informality or shrink it? Why has informality persisted despite strong growth performance? They conclude that informality remains a vibrant and dynamic area of research and policy analysis. This special issue of Margin is a major contribution to the evolution of the literature on informality.

Date: July 25, 2012
Time: 03:30 P.M.

NCAER Auditorium
National Council of Applied Economic Research
Parisila Bhawan, 11, Indraprastha Estate
New Delhi-110002(INDIA)


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