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Informal Employment Re-loaded

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  • Johannes P. Jütting
  • Jante Parlevliet
  • Theodora Xenogiani

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This paper provides a fresh look at informal employment, a phenomenon of renewed interest to policy makers and researchers alike. It finds that informal employment is likely to stay, is sometimes a voluntary choice, can offer better working conditions than formal employment and is very heterogeneous and diverse. Reasons for these puzzling facts and trends are discussed by focussing on incentives and constraints determining labour market outcomes. “Reloading” informal employment argues for a re-thinking of the current policy agenda and maps out important further directions for research. Cette publication porte un nouveau regard sur l'emploi informel, un phénomène qui suscite un regain d'intérêt aussi bien de la part des politiciens que des chercheurs. D’après la publication, l'emploi informel va en toute probabilité durer, qu’il est parfois un choix volontaire, qu’il peut offrir de meilleures conditions de travail que l'emploi formel, il est très hétérogène et diversifié. Les discussions autour des raisons de ces faits étonnants et des tendances sont basées à la fois sur les encouragements et sur les contraintes qui déterminent les débouchés du marché du travail. Remettre au goût du jour l'emploi informel suppose de repenser le programme politique actuel et trace de plus amples directions pour la recherche.

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Development Centre Working Papers with number 266.

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Handle: RePEc:oec:devaaa:266-en

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Keywords: employment; social protection; informal sector; emploi; protection sociale; secteur informel;

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  1. Akarcay-Gurbuz, Ayca & Ulus, Mustafa, 2011. "Labor force status and income disparity: Evidence from Turkey," GIAM Working Papers 11-5, Galatasaray University Economic Research Center.
  2. Erik Jonasson, 2012. "Government Effectiveness and Regional Variation in Informal Employment," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(4), pages 481-497, June.
  3. Olivier Bargain & Prudence Kwenda, 2009. "The Informal Sector Wage Gap: New Evidence Using Quantile Regressions on Panel Data," CEDI Discussion Paper Series 09-06, Centre for Economic Development and Institutions(CEDI), Brunel University.
  4. Slonimczyk, Fabian, 2011. "The effect of taxation on informal employment: evidence from the Russian flat tax reform," MPRA Paper 35404, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. María L. Granda & Carla Zambrano, 2012. "¿Es sostenible el Régimen Impositivo Simplificado Ecuatoriano?," IDB Publications 63338, Inter-American Development Bank.
  6. Senses Dayangac, Renginar & Ozturk Goktuna, Bilge, 2011. "Informal Employment and Family Support: An Evolutionary Analysis," GIAM Working Papers 11-4, Galatasaray University Economic Research Center, revised 01 Apr 2011.
  7. Ana Maria Oviedo & Mark R. Thomas & Kamer Karakurum-Ozdemir, 2009. "Economic Informality : Causes, Costs, and Policies - A Literature Survey," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 5917.
  8. Schröter, Lars, 2008. "Die Rolle des informellen Sektors in der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung Argentiniens
    [The role of the informal sector in the economic development of Argentina]
    ," MPRA Paper 11661, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 14 Nov 2008.
  9. Olivier Bargain & Prudence Kwenda, 2010. "Is Informality Bad? - Evidence from Brazil, Mexico and South Africa," Working Papers 201003, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  10. Traoré, Jean Abel, 2012. "Revisiting the determinants of informal sector in Burkina Faso," MPRA Paper 49006, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  11. Olivier Bargain & Prudence Kwenda, 2009. "The Informal Sector Wage Gap: New Evidence Using Quantile Estimations on Panel Data," Working Papers 200916, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
  12. Goktuna, Bilge Ozturk & Dayangac, Renginar, 2011. "Rethinking the informal labour from an evolutionary point of view," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 40(5), pages 609-615.
  13. Vigneswara Ilavarasan & Mark R Levy, 2010. "ICTs and Urban Microenterprises: Identifying and Maximizing Opportunities for Economic Development," Working Papers id:2819, eSocialSciences.
  14. Slonimczyk, Fabian & Gimpelson, Vladimir, 2013. "Informality and Mobility: Evidence from Russian Panel Data," IZA Discussion Papers 7703, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  15. Anna Ruzik & Magdalena Rokicka, 2010. "The Gender Pay Gap in Informal Employment in Poland," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 406, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.

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