Informality and tertiarization: two opposite tendencies?

Vol. 14 No. 4 (1994)

Oct-Dec / 1994
Published October 1, 1994
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How to Cite

Carneiro, Francisco Galrão. 1994. “Informality and Tertiarization: Two Opposite Tendencies?”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 14 (4):548-58.

Informality and tertiarization: two opposite tendencies?

Francisco Galrão Carneiro
Mestre em Economia pela Universidade Federal de Brasília. Ex-consultor da Organização Internacional do Trabalho (OIT) e assessor econômico do Ministério do Trabalho (gestão Dorothea Werneck).
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 14 No. 4 (1994), Oct-Dec / 1994, Pages 548-558


The article discusses some issues concerned with the idea of flexibility in the
labor market. Firstly, it presents different approaches on the existence of an informal sector
in the economy and distinguishes the modem process of tertiarization, observed in industrialized
countries, from the growth of tertiary activities found in most developing countries.
Secondly, a brief discussion on the recent juncture of the Brazilian labor market is presented.
The conclusion is that a higher degree of flexibility in the Brazilian labor market has been
searched throughout the informalization of legal activities and also by an incipient process
of modern tertiarization.

JEL Classification: J46; J86; L24.

Keywords: Informal labor Market