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Published by Macmillan India Ltd., in association with South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development in Delhi .
Written in English



  • India


  • Informal sector (Economics) -- India -- Congresses.,
  • Labor supply -- India -- Congresses.,
  • Income distribution -- India -- Congresses.

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About the Edition

Contributed papers presented at a workshop held in Mexico City.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Statementeditors, Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Jan Lucassen.
ContributionsBhattacharya, Sabyasachi, 1938-, Lucassen, Jan., SEPHIS (Programme : Netherlands)
LC ClassificationsHD2346.I5 W56 2005
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 220 p. ;
Number of Pages220
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3442490M
ISBN 101403925038
LC Control Number2005317356

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