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Informal Employment in Advanced Economies : Implications for Work and Welfare - Colin C. Williams

Informal Employment in Advanced Economies

Implications for Work and Welfare

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Informal Employment in Advanced Economies challenges many of the popular myths surrounding informal economic activities. This book tackles the popular belief that informal employment is growing throughout the advanced economies; it challenges the myth that this work is undertaken mostly by marginalized groups such as the unemployed, poor and immigrants; it evaluates the dominant view that we should replace informal with formal employment through enforcement of stringent laws and regulations. Examining policy options and their consequences, the authors show that conventional regulatory and deregulatory approaches merely exacerbate inequalities and a radical alternative solution, grounded in a new economics vision of the future of work and welfare is essential.

1. Introduction -- Pt. I. Examining informal employment: methods and theory. 2. Methods of researching informal employment. 3. Theorising informal employment -- Pt. II. Socio-spatial divisions in informal employment. 4. Employment status and informal employment. 5. Gender and informal employment. 6. Ethnicity, immigration and informal employment. 7. Spatial divisions in informal employment. 8. Informal employment in developing nations -- Pt. III. What is to be done about informal employment? Evaluating the policy options. 9. Regulating informal employment. 10. Deregulating formal employment. 11. Informal employment and the new economics. 12. Conclusions: re-placing informal employment in the advanced economies.

ISBN: 9780203003282
ISBN-10: 9781134700875
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 20th October 1998