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Type Journal Article
Title Labor informality in Latin America and the Caribbean: patterns and trends from household survey microdata
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
URL http://redalyc.uaemex.mx/redalyc/pdf/1691/169113809002.pdf
This paper documents the main patterns and trends of alternative definitions of labor informality in Latin America and the Caribbean, by exploiting a large database of more than 100 household surveys covering the period 1989-2005. The evidence suggests that there are no signs of a consistent pattern of reduction in labor informality in the region. Regardless of the definition used, labor informality remains a \npervasive characteristic of labor markets in LAC. In several countries the increase in labor informality seems to have been associated more to a sizeable increase in the propensity to set informal arrangements within groups, than to changes in the national employment structure toward more informal sectors.

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