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Labor Informality in Latin America and the Caribbean: Patterns and Trends from Household Survey Microdata

Leonardo Gasparini and Leonardo Tornaroli

Revista Desarrollo y Sociedad, 2009

Abstract: 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 pervasive 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.

Keywords: Informality; employment; Latinamerican; Caribean; Labor Market (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J01 J21 J31 J42 J8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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