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Revista de Economia Contemporânea

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FEIJO, Carmem Aparecida; NASCIMENTO E SILVA, Denise Britz do  and  SOUZA, Augusto Carvalho de. How heterogeneous is the Brazilian informal sector? A proposal of classification of activities based on Ecinf. Rev. econ. contemp. [online]. 2009, vol.13, n.2, pp.329-354. ISSN 1980-5527.

The aim of this paper is to present a classification of sectors for the Brazilian economy according to different degrees of informality in the organization of the production. The paper classifies informal activities in three levels: high, medium and low informality. Considering that there is no clear line dividing formal and informal work, we assume that there is a continuum of situations where the characteristics of decent work are more or less observed. The paper concludes that to combat informality economic policy should pursuit economic growth and act taking in consideration the differences in the organization of the informal sector.

Keywords : informality in labor market; structural heterogeneity; decent work.

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