Publications on informal economy

  1. Research brief

    COVID-19 and rising wage inequality: Trends and challenges in Thailand and Viet Nam

    27 January 2021

    This brief presents quantitative trends in wage inequality in Thailand and Viet Nam during the COVID-19 crisis in 2020. Based on various measures, it highlights the rise of inequality as wages have been increasingly concentrated among the highest wage earners and the disproportionate impact of lower wages on informal workers, youth and workers with lower educational qualifications. It presents a number of policy measures including enhanced wage support and active labour market policies to counter these dynamics.

  2. Publication

    Enterprise Formalization: Tailored registration, tax and social security requirements for MSEs

    25 January 2021

  3. Publication

    Enterprise Formalization: Simplifying and facilitating business start-up and compliance

    25 January 2021

  4. ILO Working paper 22

    Home-based work and homework in Ghana: An exploration

    22 January 2021

    This research report explores the nature and character of home-based work and the more narrow concept of homework in Ghana.

  5. Social Protection Spotlight COVID-19

    Towards solid social protection floors? The role of non-contributory provision during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

    21 January 2021

    The COVID-19 crisis has emphasized the importance of guaranteeing access to at least essential health care and to basic income security for all over the life cycle, as stipulated in the Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202).

  6. The Global Deal for Decent Work and Inclusive Growth - Thematic Brief

    The Contribution of Social Dialogue to Gender Equality

    20 January 2021

  7. Publication

    Working from home: From invisibility to decent work

    13 January 2021

    With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many in the world’s workforce have shifted to homeworking, thereby joining the hundreds of millions of workers who have already been working from home for decades.

  8. Publication

    Enterprise Formalization: An Introduction

    12 January 2021

  9. Global Employment Policy Review. Background Paper N°2

    Policy Frameworks for Transition to Formality: Formalization Strategy and Plan and National Employment Policy

    31 December 2020

    Background paper for the GEPR Chapter 5 “The transition to formality: Comparing policy approaches in Africa, Asia and Latin America”

  10. Global Employment Policy Review. Background Paper N°2

    The Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy in Africa

    31 December 2020

    Background paper for the GEPR Chapter 5 “The transition to formality: Comparing policy approaches in Africa, Asia and Latin America”