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Informal Manufacturing Sector in India: Pre and Post Reform Growth Dynamics


  • Mukherjee, Dipa


The informal manufacturing sector (IMS) in India has been a major part of the economy. Whether its growth is due to entry of people in distress, or whether it is a vibrant and growth oriented sector is debatable. In this paper, the growth dynamics of IMS in India over the period 1984 to 2000 is explored with special reference to the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) and plausible factors determining the growth pattern are sought to be identified. This growth is observed to be neither smooth nor uniform. The IMS cannot be labelled either a distress driven sink or a dynamic alternative economic avenue in blanket term as existence of both the segments are detected. While sustainability of the distress driven segment is questionable, the dynamic segment is likely to act as the engine of future growth. Distinctly different sets of policies are recommended for the two different segments of IMS.

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  • Mukherjee, Dipa, 2004. "Informal Manufacturing Sector in India: Pre and Post Reform Growth Dynamics," MPRA Paper 4866, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:4866

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    1. Banerjee, Biswajit, 1983. "The Role of the Informal Sector in the Migration Process: A Test of Probabilistic Migration Models and Labour Market Segmentation for India," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 35(3), pages 399-422, November.
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    Cited by:

    1. George, Justine, 2014. "Informal Sector in India: A Review," MPRA Paper 70602, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Jain, Varinder, 2007. "Quality of Jobs Generated by Unorganised Establishments During Globalisation: A Diagnosis with a Case of Indian Punjab," MPRA Paper 5756, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Singh, Lakhwinder & Jain, Varinder, 2006. "Unorganised Manufacturing Industry in the Era of Globalization: A Study of Punjab," MPRA Paper 197, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Mukherjee, Dipa & Majumder, Rajarshi, 2014. "Informal manufacturing sector in Bihar: A brief overview," MPRA Paper 93321, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Informal Sector; Regional Development; Unorganised Manufacturing;

    JEL classification:

    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General


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