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Rethinking the Informal Economy: Linkages with the Formal Economy and the Formal Regulatory Environment

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  • Martha Alter Chen
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    This paper explores the relationship of the informal economy to the formal economy and the formal regulatory environment. It begins with a discussion of the concept of the informal economy and its size, composition, and segmentation. It then discusses the linkages between the informal economy and the formal economy and the formal regulatory environment. The conclusion suggests why and how more equitable linkages between the informal economy and the formal economy should be promoted through an appropriate inclusive policy and regulatory environment.

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    Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 46.

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    Length: 14 pages
    Date of creation: Jul 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:46

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    Keywords: informal sector; informal economy; informal enterprises; informal workers; formal economy; formal regulatory environment; linkages; formalization;

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    1. Moser, Caroline O. N., 1978. "Informal sector or petty commodity production: Dualism or dependence in urban development?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 6(9-10), pages 1041-1064.
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    1. Batini, Nicoletta & Kim, Young-Bae & Levine, Paul & Lotti, Emanuela, 2011. "Informal Labour and Credit Markets: A Survey," Working Papers 11/94, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.
    2. Aysit Tansel & Elif Oznur Kan, 2012. "Labor Mobility Across The Formal/Informal Divide in Turkey: Evidence From Individual Level Data," Working Papers 2012/1, Turkish Economic Association.
    3. HALICIOGLU, Ferda & Dell’Anno, Roberto, 2009. "An ARDL model of unrecorded and recorded economies in Turkey," MPRA Paper 24982, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Nikopour, Hesam & Shah Habibullah, Muzafar & Schneider, Friedrich, 2008. "The shadow economy Kuznets’s curve panel data analysis," MPRA Paper 12956, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Batini, Nicoletta & Levine, Paul & Lotti, Emanuela & Yang, Bo, 2011. "Monetary and Fiscal Policy in the Presence of Informal Labour Markets," Working Papers 11/97, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.
    6. Bertranou, Fabio M & Casanova, Luis & Jiménez, Maribel & Jiménez, Mónica, 2013. "Informalidad, calidad del empleo y segmentación laboral en Argentina," ILO Working Papers 484591, International Labour Organization.
    7. Chakraborty, M., 2013. "Male, migrant, muslim : Identities and entitlements of Afghans and Bengalis in a South Delhi neighbourhood," ISS Working Papers - General Series 552, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
    8. Nicoletta Batini & Paul Levine & Emanuela Lotti, 2011. "The Costs and Benefits of Informality," School of Economics Discussion Papers 0211, School of Economics, University of Surrey.
    9. Asian Development Bank (ADB), 2012. "The Informal Sector and Informal Employment in Bangladesh - Country Report," ADB Reports RPT125040, Asian Development Bank (ADB), revised 07 May 2013.
    10. Gundogan, Naci & Bicerli, Mustafa Kemal, 2009. "Urbanization and Labor Market Informality in Developing Countries," MPRA Paper 18247, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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