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Heterogeneidad en el sector informal urbano de Colombia

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  • Patrick J. McEwan


“Hay trabajos buenos y hay trabajos malos. Los primeros tienen sueldos buenos, beneficios no monetarios adicionales y condiciones de trabajo estables. Los segundos no los tienen. En los países en vías de desarrollo, tales trabajos malos pueden llegar a ocupar más del 30 por ciento de la fuerza laboral urbana. Esta observación sencilla es la semilla de una literatura inmensa y creciente, la cual divide el empleo urbano en una aguda dicotomía: por un lado, 'l sector "informal", "tradicional", o "secundario". Por el otro, el sector "formal", "moderno", o "primario". Sin embargo, varios estudios muestran que los trabajos y los trabajadores del llamado sector informal urbano no son homogéneos. Este trabajo pretende desarrollar, de manera conceptual y empírica, la idea del sector informal heterogéneo. Después de hacer la división inicial entre los sectores formal e informal, se hace una discusión más profunda de la heterogeneidad del sector informal, enfocándola en dos conceptos: las barreras a la entrada a los trabajos informales y el ciclo de vida del trabajador informal. Esta discusión se usa para adelantar una tipología de tres segmentos del sector informal urbano: 1. El segmento dinámico, compuesto por los trabajadores informales de mayores ingresos y mayor potencial empresarial; 2. El segmento intermedio, compuesto por trabajadores que utilizan el sector informal urbano como herramienta temporal para acumular capital humano y conseguir empleo formal; y 3. El segmento marginal, que incluye trabajadores de bajos ingresos con poca esperanza de conseguir mejor trabajo. El trabajo concluye sugiriendo unas políticas laborales.”

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Paper provided by FEDESARROLLO in its series COYUNTURA SOCIAL with number 013220.

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Length: 129
Date of creation: 30 Nov 1995
Handle: RePEc:col:000486:013220
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  1. House, William J, 1984. "Nairobi's Informal Sector: Dynamic Entrepreneurs or Surplus Labor?," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 32(2), pages 277-302, January.
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