Notes on Formalization

Employment formalization in Argentina: recent developments and the road ahead

Between 2003 and 2012, Argentina experienced a remarkable process of employment formalization. Non-registered wage employment (NWE) fell 15 percentage points; however, informality rates at the aggregate level remained relatively high, well above 30%. The purpose of this note is to ascertain the characteristics of this process of reduction of labour informality over the last decade, and to identify critical labour sectors with a high incidence of persistent informality. Finally, a review is made of the role of public policies and the challenges for the future.