16 July 2014
Press Release: Study Finds Home-Based Work Essential to Warding Off Extreme Poverty

Informal Economy Monitoring Study, Home-Based Workers

Cambridge, MA USA

New research highlights the important economic contribution of home-based workers, challenges the common assumption that home-based work is not linked to the formal economy, and shows how home-based workers, who represent a significant share of the workforce in many countries, are affected by macroeconomic trends, government practices, and semi-dependent employment relationships.

The study makes the case that policymakers should recognize that the earnings of home-based workers are essential to daily cash flow – and the ongoing struggle to ward off extreme poverty – of their households. And it makes a number of policy recommendations to address the needs and constraints of home-based workers.
The findings are from the Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS), which examines working conditions in the informal economy for home-based workers, street vendors and waste pickers in ten cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Read the full press release.
View IEMS reports.

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