Publications on informal economy

  1. Publication

    Telework in the 21st century: An evolutionary perspective

    15 November 2019

  2. Publication

    Formalization in Chile

    24 October 2019

    This paper provides information on an integrated package of measures that have been implemented in Chile to foster the formalization of enterprises and the workers they employ. It also describes good practices in relation to public procurement, sub-contracting, simplified registration processes and one-stop shops, business development support, a simplified legal status for family micro-enterprises, access to social security, a simplified tax regime for small enterprises and access to finance for formalizing enterprises.

  3. Research Department Working Paper n°50

    Eligibility and participation in unemployment benefit schemes: Evidence from Mauritius

    17 October 2019

    The article explores the determinants of participation in the unemployment benefit system in Mauritius, focusing on the role played by eligibility criteria and take-up

  4. Research Department Working Paper n°49

    Unemployment insurance schemes around the world: Evidence and policy options

    14 October 2019

    This article conducts a comparative analysis of unemployment insurance schemes in advanced and emerging economies, with the aim of identifying differences in policy approaches across countries and pointing at possible consequences in terms of policy outcomes.

  5. Publication

    Independent evaluation of the ILO’s strategy and actions towards the formalization of the informal economy, 2014-2018

    09 October 2019

    The evaluation assesses the ILO’s strategy and actions towards the ‘Formalization of the Informal Economy’ taking into consideration the conceptual, methodological and operational frameworks. It provides insight into the relevance, coherence, effectiveness and efficiency of the ILO’s strategy, programme approach, and actions. The evaluation is retrospective, as it bases its findings on work done during 2014-2018, as well as forward looking as it delivers findings, lessons learned and emerging good practices for improved decision-making within the context of the next strategic framework and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  6. Full report

    Preparing for the future of work: National policy responses in ASEAN +6

    11 September 2019

    Spurred by technological advancements, demographic shifts and environmental and climate disruptions, fastpaced transformations are affecting how, where and when people work, impacting our labour markets and shaping the future of work. Preparing for the future of work: National policy responses in ASEAN +6 provides an overview of how countries in the Asia-Pacific region are reacting to such changes with new or adapted strategies and policies.

  7. Preparing for the future of work: National policy responses in ASEAN +6 - Annex I

    Inventory of Asia-Pacific national responses to technological change

    11 September 2019

    Annex 1 of the “Preparing for the future of work: National policy responses in ASEAN +6” report presents an inventory of policies, strategies and programmes adopted or undertaken by the governments of ASEAN +6 countries in response to technological changes, with a particular focus on their links to the labour market.

  8. Research Department Working Paper n°45

    Can taxes help ensure a fair globalization?

    10 September 2019

  9. Cooperatives and the World of Work Series No. 12

    Waste pickers’ cooperatives and social and solidarity economy organizations

    20 August 2019

    Waste pickers make significant contributions to public health, sanitation, and the environment by promoting resource circulation and reducing the amount of landfill. However, they are often not legally recognized as workers and suffer from poor working conditions and lack of social protection. This brief highlights the role of waste pickers' cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy organizations (SSEOs) in integrating and formalizing the work of waste pickers in the recycling value chain and improving their working conditions.

  10. Publication

    Electronic registration of domestic work in Uruguay

    22 July 2019