Informal Employment in Developed and Developing Economies: Perspectives and Policy Responses

International Labour Review, Vol. 152, No. 3–4, pp. 355-380 (2013)

26 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2015

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Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Mark Lansky

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

The aim of this introductory article is to provide a critical overview of how informality has been defined and measured, together with selected findings on its extent and character, and a summary of competing views regarding its role in contemporary economies and how it can be tackled. The outcome is a set of conceptual frameworks for understanding both the burgeoning literature on informal employment and how each of the perspectives presented in this Special Issue contributes to the advancement of knowledge on this subject so as to set the scene for the articles that follow.

Keywords: informal sector, developing countries, developing economies, development economics, economic development

JEL Classification: H26, J46, J48, K34, K42, O17

Suggested Citation

Williams, Colin and Lansky, Mark, Informal Employment in Developed and Developing Economies: Perspectives and Policy Responses (2013). International Labour Review, Vol. 152, No. 3–4, pp. 355-380 (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2706621

Colin Williams (Contact Author)

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Mark Lansky

International Labour Organization (ILO) ( email )

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Switzerland

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