Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96341
Authors: 
Benjamin, Nancy
Mbaye, Ahmadou Aly
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2014/052
Abstract: 
The informal sector makes up an overwhelming share of both gross domestic product and total employment in Africa. In this paper, we lay out some of the basic characteristics of the informal sector in sub-Saharan Africa, relevant institutions, and development issues. Proposed policy approaches recognize both that the great capacity of the informal sector is not easily harnessed into formal systems, and that development is problematic when the bulk of economic activity operates outside of the formal regulatory regime.
Subjects: 
informal enterprises
employment
demography
Africa
migration
JEL: 
E26
P33
J10
R29
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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