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Recession in the skilled sector and implications for informal wage

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  • Marjit, Sugata
  • Kar, Saibal
  • Chaudhuri, Sarbajit

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Global financial crisis has affected the white goods, white collared sector in many developing countries. However, preponderance of large unorganized sectors in such countries must be factored in before one predicts its depth and severity for the entire economy. We postulate analytically that recession in the skilled sector may actually increase real informal wage and despite temporal contraction, countries with large informal sectors would not be deeply affected unlike economies with strict formal regulations. Numerical examples are constructed to capture the extent of changes in informal wage.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research in Economics.

Volume (Year): 65 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 158-163

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Handle: RePEc:eee:reecon:v:65:y:2011:i:3:p:158-163

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Keywords: Recession Skill Unorganized labor Informal wage General equilibrium;

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Cited by:
  1. Beladi, Hamid & Mandal, Biswajit, 2011. "Recessionary shock and factor return in an underemployed economy," MPRA Paper 33733, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Mandal, Biswajit & Marjit, Sugata & Beladi, Hamid, 2010. "Recessionary shock, capital mobility and the informal sector," MPRA Paper 33736, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jan 2011.
  3. Mandal, Biswajit & Chaudhuri, Saswati, 2010. "Informal Wage, Informal Price and Extortion under Migration and Tariff Reform," MPRA Paper 28704, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Chaudhuri, Sarbajit, 2010. "Economic recession, demand constraint and labour markets in a developing economy," MPRA Paper 27433, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Mandal, Biswajit, 2009. "Would Recession Induce More Intermediation in the Corrupt Informal Sector?," MPRA Paper 19930, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Jan 2010.

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