Setting It Up: Definition
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Abstract for:

"An Idea in Good Currency and How it Grew: The Informal Sector"
Peattie, Lisa. 1987. World Development 15 (7): pp 851-860.

The “informal sector” is an exceedingly fuzzy concept which has come into wide use because it seemed to address the interests of a number of very diverse groups: those interested in growth planning, those interested in alleviating poverty, Marxist structuralists, and those interested in economic accounting. The use of the concept has been helpful in directing attention to phenomena previously ignored. But adopting the term obscures analysis of central issues and is counterproductive. We should, rather, specify critical policy issues and design field research around these.

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