What is it?

This paper focusses on how technologies can enhance the impact of institutional public policies addressing informality. Today, an increasing number of governments are promoting the application of new technologies to simplify and facilitate the transition from the informal to the formal economy. These “e-formality policies”, as in some cases, are related to e-government initiatives. It analyses some emerging public policies or public-sector practices and tools where technologies have already been implemented directly or indirectly for the transition to formality. This raises the questions if these policy innovations will transform the way formalization policies will be implemented in the future.

HIGHLIGHTS

Two billion people – more than 61 per cent of the world’s employed population – make their living in the informal economy. A transition to the formal economy is a condition to
realize decent work for all. Given the magnitude and decent work deficits associated with the informal economy, there is an urgency to tackle informality with an integrated approach
which can bring more robust results.


New technologies are continuously transforming the world of work. Technology is transforming not only the way we work but also how we work and even why we work, for workers and economic units. The role of new technologies and its relationship with informality has been addressed from different perspectives. For policy makers, it is important to know how newtechnologies are affecting the public sector, in particular policymaking.

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Author

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Juan Chacaltana

Vicky Leung

Miso Lee

Year of publication

2018

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Working Paper

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