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Value chains in the informal sector: income shares of home-based subcontracted workers in Pakistan


  • Shahrukh Rafi Khan
  • Sajid Kazmi


This article attempts to contribute to the literature by carefully documenting home-based work in four sectors in Pakistan in a value chain context. We attempt to isolate and compare the unit remuneration of workers relative to unit value added at the lowest tier of the chain as a measure of income share. These income shares are not adequate to move home-based workers above the poverty line.

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  • Shahrukh Rafi Khan & Sajid Kazmi, 2008. "Value chains in the informal sector: income shares of home-based subcontracted workers in Pakistan," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(3), pages 339-352.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:22:y:2008:i:3:p:339-352
    DOI: 10.1080/02692170802003681

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    1. James Heintz, 2003. "The New Face of Unequal Exchange: Low-Wage Manufacturing, Commodity Chains, and Global Inequality," Working Papers wp59, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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    value chains; gender; home-based workers; Pakistan;


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