Growth of Urban Non-Farm Informal Enterprises in Assam
Small Enterprises Development, Management and Extension Journal, Vol. 45, No. 1, 2018
13 Pages Posted: 12 May 2018
Date Written: April 29, 2018
The aim of this paper is to examine the growth of urban non-farm informal enterprises (NFIEs) in Assam during the first half of the 2010s. Based on the NSS 67th and 73rd quinquennial rounds of enterprise survey data, the paper analyses the size, structure and growth of the urban NFIEs in terms of number of enterprises, employment and output by various sectors such as manufacturing, trade and services over the period 2010-11 to 2015-16. The paper also examines the growth in number of urban NFIEs by operational characteristics of the enterprises such as nature of operation, type of ownership and location. Finally, the employment elasticity and growth of labour productivity in the urban NFIEs across the sectors have been analysed in order to examine the employment potentiality of the various sectors within the urban NFIEs. The specificity of this study is that it may be the first scientific attempt to analyse the entire urban NFIEs across various sectors in the state.
Keywords: Urban Informal Sector, Non-Farm Enterprises, Labour Productivity, Employment Elasticity, Employment Growth, Output Growth, Assam
JEL Classification: L26, L6
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