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Firm Structure, Market Structure, and Firm Dynamics of the Informal Sector in India: A Survey of Literature

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Abstract
Despite the expected dissolution of the informal sector with growth, the ongoing emergence and expansion of this sector, especially in developing countries like India, has raised a vibrant theoretical and empirical discussion. This paper aims to survey the vast existing literature on the informal sector in India, focusing on sectoral and intra-sectoral aspects such as firm structure, market structure, and firm dynamics. From the literature, we could identify that competition, or lack of it, happens to be a crucial issue in analyzing the above-mentioned aspects. Contrary to this emphasis on the competition by both the orthodox and heterodox discourses, we try to identify the role of intra and extra-firm collaboration in the context of firm structure, market structure, and firm dynamics. However, the role of collaboration in these aspects is largely under-researched in the existing literature and thus could be a potential scope of future research in the informal sector.

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ICSSR fellowship

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No

Corresponding author email

saumya.chakrabarti@visva-bharati.ac.in

Lead author country

India

Lead author job role

Higher Education Researcher

Lead author institution

Visva-Bharati University Santiniketan

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There is no violation of ethical norms

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