Informal Street Food Trade: A Source of Income Generation in Urban Nepal

  • Dipak Bahadur Adhikari Patan Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University
Keywords: Street food, Vendors, Income, Informal sector, Urban Kathmandu


Street food trade is a growing sector in many developing countries, Nepal among them. As a means to provide low-cost food to a growing urban population of poor, unemployed people and low-wageworkers, street food trade –a predominantly self and family-based activity – has become an opportunity to generate income for many among those same urban poor living in Kathmandu Metropolitan City. On the basis of cross-sectional data collected from a sample of 50 street food vendors in two main areas of the city – namely New Bus Park and Ratna Park – this chapter analyzes the determinants affecting street food vendors’ income: whether it is correlated to vendors’ investment rates, education level, and labor supply, thus attempting to find employment and income patterns. Data are analyzed using OLS regression, and STATA- 12 statistical software.

 Economic Journal of Development Issues Vol. 23 & 24 No. 1-2 (2017) Combined Issue, Page : 1-17


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Author Biography

Dipak Bahadur Adhikari, Patan Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University
Lecturer of Economics
How to Cite
Adhikari, D. (2018). Informal Street Food Trade: A Source of Income Generation in Urban Nepal. Economic Journal of Development Issues, 23(1-2), 1-17.