Publications on informal economy

  1. Publication

    2008 Labour Overview. Latin America and the Caribbean

    01 July 2009

    This edition provides evidence of the effects of an unprecedented international crisis that has cast a shadow over the global economy and is reflected in the employment situation in the region. Employment will be a challenge in 2009. As ILO Director-General, Juan Somavia stated, "The ILO's message is realistic, not alarmist" with respect to this situation.

  2. Publication

    Working Paper No. 86 - The unpaid care work - paid work connection

    01 May 2009

  3. Publication

    Tanzania Mainland. Social protection expenditure and performance review and social budget

    18 February 2009

    This report takes into account demographic and macroeconomic information specific to mainland Tanzania and makes projections from a baseline year based on the two types of social protection schemes - contributory and non-contributory.

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    Zambia. Social protection expenditure and performance review and social budget

    12 February 2009

    This report, a review of the output of the first year's work of the project, examines the objective of extending social protection coverage in the country.

  5. International Labour Review, Vol. 147 (2008), No. 4

    Informal employment: Two contested policy issues

    16 January 2009

    This article addresses two contested issues of crucial importance to policy, namely: formal labour regulations as a cause of informal employment, and so-called “voluntary” informal employment. The authors provide theoretical overviews on both issues and an extensive survey of empirical studies on the effects of formal labour regulations on informal employment. The article closes with observations on the relevance of the ILO’s four decent work objectives for informal employment and economic development, with particular emphasis on the significance of – and potential for – organizing workers in the informal economy.

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    Working Paper No. 91 - Decent work and informal employment: A survey of workers in Glen View, Harare

    01 July 2008

  7. Publication

    Working Paper No. 90 - Employment, unemployment and informality in Zimbabwe: Concepts and data for coherent policy-making

    01 July 2008

  8. Publication

    Skills, productivity and employment growth. The case of Latin America

    24 June 2008

    The aim of this study is to illustrate the relations between training and workers' skills, productivity and the growth of quality employment in societies in Latin America by means of an analysis of the existing information and case studies of four different countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru). A review of the activities of ...

  9. International Migration Papers No. 93

    Integrating migration issues into development planning

    09 May 2008

    International labour migration and its linkages with development have been prominent on the global policy agenda in the recent years. The Resolution on a Fair Deal for Migrant Workers in a Global Economy adopted by the 92nd Session of the ILO’s International labour Conference in June 2004 called for the: “Promotion of policies that maximize the contribution of migration to development is another essential component of a comprehensive policy to address the global context of migration.” Several global initiatives including the Global Commission on International Migration, the United Nations High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, and the Global Forum on Migration and Development have called for integrating migration concerns into national development planning. The ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration advocates ‘integrating and mainstreaming labour migration in national employment, labour market and development policy’ in its Guideline 15.1. While there has been considerable work on migration and development linkages, particularly on remittances, there has been less research on how migration issues can be integrated into development planning. The paper by Professor Robert Lucas addresses this important aspect of the migration-development nexus.

  10. International Migration Papers No. 92

    Migrants and informal Work in Hungary

    08 May 2008

    This report on Hungary examines the situation of irregular employment of migrants, its terms and conditions of work, its evolution, its causes and the policies needed to eliminate such a situation. The premise is that irregular employment is detrimental to national economies, to native and migrants workers in regular employment as well as to those workers involved in it. The study prepared by Judit Juhász adopts a Delphi method, which is amply explained in the paper. Suffice to say, it is about the considered perceptions of a problem by a number of experts, and the author's examination of these perceptions.