Citation: Carré, Françoise and James Heintz. Toward a Common Framework for Informal Employment across Developed and Developing Countries. WIEGO Working Paper No. 26. WIEGO.
This paper addresses the importance of developing a common framework for defining informal employment in developed countries, and highlights issues that arise when applying the definition of informal employment recommended by the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) to developed countries.
In developed economies, new and emerging forms of non-standard employment arrangements are closely related to various aspects of informality. Within this context, identifying shared markers of informality represents one means to extend the boundary of research on informal employment.
The authors conclude with a discussion of what is needed to facilitate the collection of comparable data across countries. This would allow for a more complete measurement of informal employment worldwide, including its size, trends, and relationship to poverty.
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