Publications on informal economy

  1. ILO Working Paper 9

    Applying labour law to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises: A comparative study of 16 countries

    07 October 2020

    This study considers the ways in which different countries regulate labour rights for MSME workers, its main purpose being to improve understanding of current trends and developments in this area. The 16 countries covered by the study are Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Turkey and the United Republic of Tanzania.

  2. Technical note

    Labour Overview in times of COVID-19: Impact on the labour market and income in Latin America and the Caribbean [Second Edition]

    30 September 2020

    Latin America and the Caribbean are experiencing an unprecedented crisis in their labour markets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sharp loss of employment, hours worked, and income reflects the significant effects that the reduction in the level of economic activity has had on labour dynamics.

  3. COVID-19 Pandemic in the World of Work

    ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work. 6th edition

    23 September 2020

  4. Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    Growing green: Fostering a green entrepreneurial ecosystem for youth

    21 September 2020

    The research reviews the entrepreneurial ecosystem to assess capacity to foster young green entrepreneurship and to address the social and environmental challenges. The report considers from the perspective of key stakeholders, primarily those providing business development services (BDS) and experts in the field of youth and social entrepreneurship, as well as government representatives and entrepreneurs themselves.

  5. Publication

    Call for proposal - Applications to Conduct a Diagnosis on Informality in Targeted Intervention Areas of the PROSPECTS Programme in Uganda

    17 September 2020

  6. Paper

    Building back better for women: Women's dire position in the informal economy

    15 September 2020

  7. COVID-19

    Answering key questions around informality in micro and small enterprises during the COVID-19 crisis

    14 September 2020

  8. ILO Working Paper 8

    Youth Aspirations and the Future of Work: A Review of the Literature and Evidence

    14 September 2020

    This report was undertaken as part of the ILO Future of Work project and aims to (i) review the literature on the concepts and drivers of aspirations; (ii) develop a conceptual framework that relates labour market conditions to aspirations; (iii) map the existing survey-based evidence on the aspirations of youth worldwide; and (iv) provide insights into how to improve data collection, research and evidence-based policy-making related to young persons aspirations.

  9. Social Protection Spotlight COVID-19

    Extending social protection to informal workers in the COVID-19 crisis. Country responses and policy considerations

    04 September 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis and its economic and social impacts are particularly harsh for workers in the informal economy and their families. Almost 1.6 billion informal workers are affected by the lockdown and containment measures and/or are working in the hardest-hit sectors.

  10. ILO Country brief

    COVID-19 and the labour market in Argentina: The challenge of fighting the pandemic and its socio-economic impact at a time of severe difficulty

    03 September 2020