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Measuring the Quality of Employment in the Informal Sector


  • John Messier
  • Maria Floro


Our paper explores and measures the quality of employment among urban, low-income households in Ecuador. It hopes to contribute to the literature by raising attention to the diversity of job quality within the informal sector and by highlighting the importance of quality of employment in the context of poverty reduction and development strategies. Building on the previous work on decent work indicators, we propose a job quality index measure and apply this measure to men and women workers in urban poor communities of Ecuador using a 2002 sample survey. We also show that there are differentiated patterns on job quality among women and men in these households. In addressing the importance of employment quality, this paper hopes to provide a better understanding of the issue, especially as it relates to poverty alleviation and to illustrate a way of measuring employment quality.

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  • John Messier & Maria Floro, 2008. "Measuring the Quality of Employment in the Informal Sector," Working Papers 2008-10, American University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:amu:wpaper:1008

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    Measurement; Quality of Employment; Gender; Decent Work; Informal sector;

    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • B54 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Feminist Economics
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General

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