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Social Protection in the Informal Economy: Home based women workers and outsourced manufacturing in Asia

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  • Mario Biggeri
  • Santosh Mehrotra

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Home based work has a dual and contradictory character: on the one hand, as a source of income diversification for poor workers and the emergence of micro-enterprises, yet on the other, it is a source of exploitation of vulnerable workers as firms attempt to contain costs. This paper examines the social protection needs of women workers in this sector, and also argues for public action to promote such work as a possible new labour intensive growth strategy in these and other developing countries.

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Paper provided by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in its series Innocenti Working Papers with number inwopa02/24.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa02/24

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Keywords: child labour; child workers; women workers; women's programmes; women's rights; women's status;

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Cited by:
  1. Mehrotra, Santosh & Biggeri, Mario, 2005. "Can industrial outwork enhance homeworkers' capabilities? Evidence from clusters in South Asia," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 33(10), pages 1735-1757, October.
  2. Tasnim Khan & Rana Ejaz Ali Khan, 2009. "Urban Informal Sector: How Much Women Are Struggling for Family Survival," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 48(1), pages 67-95.
  3. Enrique Delamonica & Santosh Mehrotra, 2006. "A Capability centred approach to environmental sustainability: Is productive employment the missing link between micro-and macro polices?," Working Papers, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth 13, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.

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