What is it about?

This paper critically evaluates the popular structuralist representation of informal workers as marginalized populations who work as dependent employees out of economic necessity and as a last resort.

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Why is it important?

Reporting on an empirical survey of 1,518 informal workers in India, it reveals not only that a large proportion work on their own account as informal entrepreneurs, but also that not all do such work purely out of economic necessity and in the absence of alternative means of livelihood.


The paper concludes by calling for a wider recognition of the opportunity driven entrepreneurial endeavour of many working in the informal sector.

Professor Colin C Williams
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Entrepreneurship and the Informal Sector, The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, February 2009, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.5367/000000009787414280.
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