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Title:Labour and work in small-scale enterprises
Author:Thomas, HenkISNI
Year:1990
Issue:79
Pages:32
Language:English
Series:Working papers, General series (ISSN 0921-0210)
City of publisher:The Hague
Publisher:Institute of Social Studies
Geographic term:developing countries
Subjects:labour
small enterprises
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1765/18815
Abstract:This paper examines labour aspects in small-scale labour intensive enterprises with emphasis on industrial production. It focuses on the relationship between scale of production and labour relations. A first section briefly introduces various approaches (neoclassical, institutional, radical) to labour issues. Next follows a historical sketch of the concept of segmentation of labour. It is shown that segmentation in industrialized countries is closely linked to patterns of discrimination in the labour market. In developing countries the overriding issue is shown to be the shortage of work in the so-called formal sector of the economy while an informal urban labour market is dominated by small to very small production units. A final section presents the outlines of a comprehensive theory of labour in small-scale enterprises.
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