Brazilian labor market informality

Vol. 26 No. 4 (2006)

Jul-Sep / 2006
Published July 1, 2006
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How to Cite

Ulyssea, Gabriel. 2006. “Brazilian Labor Market Informality: a Review of the Literature”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 26 (4):596-618.

Brazilian labor market informality

a review of the literature

Gabriel Ulyssea
Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada, IPEA-Rio
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 26 No. 4 (2006), Jul-Sep / 2006, Pages 596-618


 The economic literature relative to Brazilian labor market informality is very disperse and presents a significant lack of organization. In that sense, the purpose of this paper is to organize and discuss on a systematic way the main pieces of literature concerning informality in the Brazilian labor market using, whenever it is possible, the international literature as a comparison point for the existing results relative to Brazil’s experience. More specifically, questions related to wage differentials between formal and informal workers, labor market segmentation and the effect of institutions on the informal sector are emphasized.

JEL Classification: O17.

Keywords: Informality labor market survey