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Informal Employment Re-loaded


  • Johannes P. Jütting


  • Jante Parlevliet
  • Theodora Xenogiani


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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  • Johannes P. Jütting & Jante Parlevliet & Theodora Xenogiani, 2008. "Informal Employment Re-loaded," OECD Development Centre Working Papers 266, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:devaaa:266-en

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

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