The conference will be the first organized by the “Network on Informality Studies” at Universidad del Rosario.
The school of Economics at Universidad del Rosario (Bogota, Colombia) is pleased to invite you to The Economics of Informality Conference 2018. This Conference aims to bring together scholars, experts, young researchers, practitioners and policy makers to present their work and exchange knowledge and debate the issues about informal economy.


Recent Submissions

  • Regulation, social policy and informality 

    Bardhan, Pranab; Margolis, David; Berry, Albert; Montenegro, Santiago
    Durante el 28 y 29 de mayo la Universidad del Rosario fue epicentro de trascendentales debates sobre la economía informal en el país, congregando reconocidos académicos y miembros de sectores financieros gubernamentales y ...
     Video. 2018
  • Panel : Economic development, inclusive growth and informality 

    Bourguignon, Francois; Hairault, Jean-Olivier; Valencia, Oscar; Clavijo, Sergio
    Durante el 28 y 29 de mayo la Universidad del Rosario fue epicentro de trascendentales debates sobre la economía informal en el país, congregando reconocidos académicos y miembros de sectores financieros gubernamentales y ...
     Video. 2018
  • Who pays? The distributional impacts of slowing economic growth in Latin American labor markets 

    Sousa, Liliana; Reyes-Ortiz, Giovanni-Efrain
    After a decade of strong growth and notable poverty and inequality reduction, Latin America finds itself in a pattern of regional slowdown. What, if any, are the distributional impacts of the slowdown? We study over 6 ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Social assistance and informality: Examining the Link in Colombia 

    Ospina, Mónica; Saavedra, Fabiola
    This paper presents evidence on the labor market effects of social assistance programs in the short and medium run. We evaluate the impact of a Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program “Familias ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Solving the Puzzle between the Minimum Wage and (In) formal Employment: An Analysis for a Developing Economy 

    Arango, Salomé; García, Gustavo A.; Posso, Christian
    This paper examines the effects of the minimum wage on employment, as well as other labor market outputs such as (in)formality, inactivity and hours of work. We use a data panel from 2009 ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Heterogenous e ects of informality: An application to labor regulation policy in Russia 

    Otero, Andrea
    The paper estimates the heterogeneous returns of informality in Russia. The em-pirical strategy uses a Marginal Treatment Effect model (MTE). The data comes fromthe Russian Longitudinal Monitoring ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Informality and segmentation : evidence from a self-selection model with entry barriers to formal employment in Peru 

    Alvarado Enciso, Alfredo M.
    The academic debate about informality has discussed whether this implies a segmented labor market, a competitive one or a mixed of both. Recent research has employed various empirical models ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • How vulnerable are the self-employed? Evidence from Uganda 

    Lakemann, Tabea
    Due to small firm sizes and inter-linkages between household and business finances, small-scale entrepreneurs in developing countries are inherently vulnerable to temporary and per-manent income ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Labor Market Search, Informality, and On-The-Job Human Capital Accumulation 

    Bobba, Matteo; Flabbi, Luca; Levy, Santiago; Tejada, Mauricio
    We develop a search and matching model where firms and workers produce outputthat depends both on match-specific productivity and on worker-specific human capi-tal. The human capital is accumulated while working but ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Minimum Wage, Informality and Economic Development 

    Kim, Jin Ho
    n this paper we study the impact of minimum wage increase on the employmentstatus. Toward that goal, we rst empirically show that informal sector economy shows hetero-geneity though, on average, ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Optimal Taxation in an Informal Economy 

    Azuero, Rodrigo; Hernandez, Juan; Wills, Daniel
    Informality is a widespread phenomenon in developing economies with negativeconsequences on productivity and inequality. Several policies have been implementedto decrease informality such as decreasing ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • A Bonanza for Bad Politicians: Informal Gold Mining and Criminal Candidates in Peru 

    Bandiera, Antonella
    How do natural resource windfalls affect the quality of politicalcandidates? Existing scholarship argues that non-tax public revenuehas a negative effect on the characteristics of candidates because ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Effects of pension benefits on pre-retirement labor supply: Evidence from Chile 

    Becerra, Oscar
    This paper describes the effects of pension benefits on pre-retirement labor supplyfor a representative sample of Chilean workers. Using non-linearities in benefits and areform that changed ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Constrained occupational choice 

    Margolis, David
    This paper uses a reduced-form implementation of a structural model of constrained oc-cupational choice to explain the probability that an individual receives a wage offer, animportant determinant ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Informal sector employment and poverty in South Africa 

    Cichello, Paul; Rogan, Michael
    We examine the role that informal sector employment plays in poverty reduction using data from the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS). Using a Shapley decomposition approach, wefind that ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Illuminating the shadows in U.S. States 

    Dincer, Oguzhan (Oz); Adhikari, Bibek
    What forces the businesses to hidein the shadows? There are two competing theories trying to explainthis behavior, one identifying high tax burdenand the other corruptionas the main force.As ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Informal taxation in Sierra Leone : Magnitudes, perceptions and implications 

    Van den Boogaard, Vanessa
    In low-income countries, citizens often pay ‘taxes’ that differ substantially from what is required by statute. These non-statutory taxes are central to financing both local public goods and ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • The Impact of Payroll Taxes on Informality : The Case of the 2012 Colombian Tax Reform 

    Villar, Leonardo; Fernández, Cristina
    In 2012, the Colombian Government reduced employer payroll contributions from 29.5 to 16.0 percent. Two years later, the informality rate had diminished by about 4.0 per-centage points. This ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Financial disincentives for formal work in Ecuador and Colombia 

    Rodríguez, David; Jara, Xavier
    High and persistent labour informality has been a major problem for Latin American economies where most workers are excluded from social protectionandhave low and variable incomes.In the case ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018
  • Optimal Monetary policy with Informality: A Benchmark Framework 

    Gómez, Mónica A.; Hairault, Jean-Olivier
    Our paper aims at unveiling how much the monetary policy shall deviate from the zero-inflation allocation in an economy with a large informal sector. A first insight is thatinformality amplifies ...
     Documento de conferencia. 2018

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