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Recent Trends in Labor Productivity and Size and Features of the Urban Informal Micro-Enterprise Sector in Peru, 1997-2007

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  • Jose S. Rodriguez

    (Departamento de Economia - Pontificias Universidad Catolica del Peru)

  • Mario Tello

    (Departamento de Economia - Pontificias Universidad Catolica del Peru)

This paper takes a macro and micro levels of analysis with the purpose to understand the dynamic of labor productivity in Peru throughout period 1997-2007 wherein two sub-periods are identified: a deceleration or ‘recession’ period, 1997-2001 of slow GDP economic growth and decreasing terms of trade and an acceleration or ‘booming’ period, 2002-2007 with relative high GDP and terms of trade rates of growth. At the sectoral-macro level of analysis, the objectives of this paper are to describe the changes in employment, value added, and labor productivity throughout period 1997-2007 and to perform a sectoral decomposition analysis of such variables. At the firm level of analysis, this paper focus on the estimation of the size of urban informal microenterprises from all the sectors of the economy in the booming period 2002-2007. It estimates the size of the urban informal micro-enterprise sector of Peruvian economy in term of employment, real output value and labor productivity as well as to identify a set of demographic, educational and productive characteristics (e.g., size and age) of these micro-entrepreneurs and microenterprises. JEL Classification-JEL: J21, J23, J24, J42, J46

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Paper provided by Departamento de Economía - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in its series Informes / Reports with number inf200902.

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Length: 73 pages
Date of creation: 2009
Handle: RePEc:pcp:pucinf:inf200902
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