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Dutta, M (2020). Does Informality Hold the Key to Growth and Stability?. Applied Economics Quarterly, 66(1), 29-45.
Dutta, Meghna (2020). "Does Informality Hold the Key to Growth and Stability?" Applied Economics Quarterly, vol. 66no. 1, 2020 pp. 29-45.
Dutta, M (2020). Does Informality Hold the Key to Growth and Stability?. Applied Economics Quarterly, Vol. 66 (Issue 1), pp 29-45.


Does Informality Hold the Key to Growth and Stability?

Dutta, Meghna

Applied Economics Quarterly, Vol. 66 (2020), Iss. 1 : pp. 29–45

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Meghna Dutta, Indian Institute of Technology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Patna, Bihta, Patna 801103. Phone: 0612-3028724.


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This paper attempts to analyse the impact of a prevailing informal sector on the dynamics of growth and inflation in developing economies. The high growth rates posited by most developing economies in the presence of a huge informal sector suggest that this sector might not be the malefactor as often indicated. The main results show that the informal economy not only contributes to economic growth but the firms also help to significantly reduce inflation by generating employment and hence maintain political stability in the economy despite the existence of a huge pool of “surplus labourers”.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Meghna Dutta: Does Informality Hold the Key to Growth and Stability? 1
Abstract 1
1. Introduction 1
2. Research Design and Study Variables 3
(a) Independent Variables 4
(b) Econometric Specifications 6
3. Results and Discussion 7
3.1 Robustness Checks 1
4. Conclusion 1
References 1
Appendix 1