Publications on informal economy

  1. Transition to formality

    Transition to Formality and Structural Transformation: Challenges and Policy options

    17 March 2020

    The book examines “new forms of informality” in developed and developing countries, and how our policies can be improved to respond to new evolving realities.

  2. Global Deal for Decent Work & Inclusive Growth - Thematic Brief

    Social Dialogue for the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy

    09 March 2020

    Social dialogue has a vital role to play in supporting the transition from the informal to the formal economy. Drawing on case studies from around the world, this Global Deal thematic brief illustrates how social dialogue, involving governments and representative employers’ and workers’ organizations has, in different ways and at different levels, contributed to the transition to formality and the reduction of decent work deficits in the informal economy. It aims to assist all concerned stakeholders to apply social dialogue for the design and implementation of effective formalization strategies, in the context of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and the relevant international labour standards.

  3. Publication

    "System needs update":Upgrading protection against cyberbullying and ICT-enabled violence and harassment in the world of work

    13 February 2020

    The term ‘cyberbullying’ has been used to describe aggressive conducts carried out through information and communication technologies (ICT), and can involve picture/video clips, emails, or social network sites, among others.

  4. STRENGTHEN Publication Series

    Employment Impact Assessments: Integrating the informal sector into social accounting matrices and computable general equilibrium models

    31 January 2020

    STRENGTHEN Publication Series Working Paper No. 6

  5. A compendium of practice

    Interactions between Workers’ Organizations and Workers in the Informal Economy: A Compendium of Practice

    30 January 2020

    The Compendium of Practice is a compilation of concrete examples, drawn from around the world, showing how trade unions have sought to reach out to workers in the informal economy to reduce the decent work deficits they face and support their transition to formality.

  6. Research Department Working Paper n°53

    Gender inequality and old-age income security: The case of Mexico

    21 January 2020

  7. Flagship Report

    World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2020

    20 January 2020

    This report provides an overview of global and regional trends in employment, unemployment, labour force participation and productivity.

  8. Background Paper No. 2

    From informal to formal: A meta-analysis of what triggers the conversion in Asia

    17 January 2020

  9. EMPLOYMENT Working Paper No. 253

    Youth transitions and lifetime trajectory

    17 January 2020

  10. EMPLOYMENT Working Paper No. 254

    Informal Employment Trends in the Indian Economy: Persistent informality, but growing positive development

    17 January 2020