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The informal Economy as an engine for poverty reduction and development in Egypt

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  • Attia, Sayed Moawad

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The purpose of this paper is handling the informal sector in Egypt and the role it can play in accelerating the development process and poverty reduction. The structure of the paper starts with an introduction, and then gives a definition of development and its objectives in order to give a comprehensive ground for what will be discussed under the informal sector section and poverty section, as at the end the paper links development, informal sector with poverty reduction. Furthermore, the paper discusses situation of the informal sector in Egypt and the role of government in issuing the laws that may pave the way for creating a more conducive business environment for the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) which constitute the traditional form of informal enterprises. In addition, the paper explains formalization of informal economy, showing the pros and cons of both formal informal sectors, most importantly its shows a trade off between the formality and informality. The paper closes with providing a policy recommendations and finally conclusion.

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  • Attia, Sayed Moawad, 2009. "The informal Economy as an engine for poverty reduction and development in Egypt," MPRA Paper 13034, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 27 Jan 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:13034
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    1. AfDB AfDB, 2016. "North Africa - Working paper - Addressing informality in Egypt," Working Paper Series 2327, African Development Bank.
    2. Hanan Nazier & Racha Ramadan, 2015. "Informality and Poverty: A Causality Dilemma with Application to Egypt," Advances in Management and Applied Economics, SCIENPRESS Ltd, vol. 5(4), pages 1-4.
    3. Richard Woodward & Mehdi Safavi, 2012. "Final Report on Private Sector Development in the MED-11 Region," CASE Network Reports 0110, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
    4. Rania Roushdy & May Gadallah, 2011. "Labor Market Adjustment during the World Financial Crisis: Evidence from Egypt," Working Papers 643, Economic Research Forum, revised 10 Jan 2011.

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    Keywords

    Informal Economy; Formalisation; Economic Development; Poverty;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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