Role of Individual Characteristics and Policies in Driving Labor Informality in Vietnam

Author/Editor:

Era Dabla-Norris ; Giovanni Ganelli ; Anh Thi Ngoc Nguyen ; Mai Thi Thanh Nguyen ; Thuy Thi Thu Vu

Publication Date:

December 11, 2020

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Using data from the Vietnam Labor Force Survey, this paper takes a granular look at the most salient drivers of labor informality in Vietnam by examining: (i) the nature of labor informality and transitions from formal to informal employment status and the role of worker characteristics; (ii) the empirical likelihood of being in informal employment and the policy determinants of informality using within-in country variation in the business climate and governance; and (iii) whether different policy reforms have a differential impact on workers. Our analysis sheds light on how individual characteristics and policy impediments contribute to high levels of informality and points to the need for a comprehensive agenda to tackle informality.

Series:

Working Paper No. 2020/273

Frequency:

regular

English

Publication Date:

December 11, 2020

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513563862/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2020273

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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