Informal Employment Re-loaded [E-Book] / Johannes Jütting, Jante Parlevliet and Theodora Xenogiani
Jütting, Johannes.
Parlevliet, Jante. / Xenogiani, Theodora.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2008
43 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
OECD Development Centre Working Papers ; 266
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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.