Surviving in the City

Surviving in the City : The Urban Informal Sector in Latin America

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Examines the argument that the informal sector economy in Latin America is desirable in order to provide a breeding ground for entrepreneurs. The text addresses key issues such as social protection, housing and debt crisis, structural adjustment, poverty, gender and social protection.show more

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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 132.08 x 208.28 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • glossary, indexes
  • 0745308287
  • 9780745308289

Table of contents

Part 1 Surviving in the city: introduction; modernisation, the debt crisis and structural adjustment; informality and the urban informal sector; structure of the book. Part 2 The urban informal sector - what is it and how large is it?: introduction; the definition of the urban informal sector; the size of the urban informal sector; links between the urban informal sector and the urban formal sector; conclusions; appendix - a country list of studies of the urban informal sector in Latin America. Part 3 Social and economic problems facing the urban informal sector: introduction; the link between the urban informal sector and poverty; gender and the urban informal sector; children and the urban informal sector; social protection and the urban informal sector; housing and the urban informal sector; conclusions. Part 4 The future of the urban informal sector in Latin America; the future of the urban informal sector - growth or decline?; supply-side measures (1) - education and training; supply-side measures (2) - savings and credit; increasing the demand for the output of the urban informal sector; removing bureaucracy: more urban informal sector, more urban formal sector, or more of both?; conclusions.show more

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