Stealth of Nations

The Global Rise of the Informal Economy

by Robert Neuwirth

Hardcover, 290 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $25.95 | purchase

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Stealth of Nations
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The Global Rise of the Informal Economy
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Reveals how people throughout the world smuggle legal goods into other countries or use technology to sell unlicensed products or services, discussing how the informal economy provides essential services and employment.

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A street vendor sells her wares by the light of a kerosene wick lamp in Lagos, Nigeria. The country claims ownership of one of the world's great energy reserves, but corruption and mismanagement leave Africa's oil giant chronically short of electricity. Businesses and walled residential compounds run costly diesel generators.

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