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The Informal Economy in Ghana: A Comparative Perspective

Conference co-hosted by Ghana Statistical Service & WIEGO, October 2005 in Accra, Ghana

The term “informal sector” was coined in Ghana in 1971 by a British anthropologist who was studying the economic activities of low-income communities in Accra. The informal economy, as it is now called and defined, is comprised of self-employment in small unregistered enterprises and wage employment in unregulated and unprotected jobs. In developing countries, informal employment comprises one half to three quarters of non-agricultural employment.

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Statistics Advisory Committee

Joann Vanek
Statistics Programme Director (USA)

Grace Bediako
Ghana Statistical Service (Ghana)

Debbie Budlender
Community Agency for Social Enquiry (South Africa)

Françoise Carré
Center for Social Policy
University of Massachusetts-Boston (USA)

Jacques Charmes
Institute de Researche pour le Developpement (France)

Martha Chen

Margarita Guerrero
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Thailand)