“Informal Economy and the World Bank”

By | June 9, 2014

A new essay reviewing recent literature and World Bank studies on the informal sector. From the abstract:

Many countries have expressed an interest in the size, performance and motivation of the informal sector, especially where the informal sector provides the livelihood and employment for a critical segment of the population. This essay reviews recent literature, methodologies, and relevant Bank studies as a way to share information with country teams interested in expanding their knowledge of the informal sector and related policy debates. Research in a number of regions points to four main areas where development policy can be improved by taking the informal sector into account. 

The full abstract and paper.