Developing Poverty: The State, Labor Market Deregulation, and the Informal Economy in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic

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Penn State Press, 2000 - Business & Economics - 197 pages
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Using data from local surveys, interviews, and national statistics, this comparative study of two Central American cities similarly positioned in the world economy looks at how people make a living outside the mainstream of economic life, in the "informal economy," what opportunities they have for social mobility, and how state policies affect their life chances.

  

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Contents

The Limits of Development and the Informal Economy
1
Comparing Deve Lopnent Histories
29
Industrialization Regulatory Regimes and Labor Absorption
61
Labor Market Regulation and Labor Market Segmentation
87
The Organization of Informal Production
125
The Informal Economy Poverty and Social Policy
153
Toward an Informal Future?
169
Bibliography
181
Index
193
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José Itzigsohn is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brown University. His articles have appeared in Social Forces , Latin American Research Review , International Journal of Urban and Regional Research , and Ethnic and Racial Studies .

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