ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Informal Employment Statistics

Some Issues

This article discusses issues of measurement of informal employment. It briefly traces the evolution of the conceptual framework on the informal sector, what defines the sector and informal employment, and the new questions that have been introduced in surveys to help capture informality. A snapshot of the findings on informal employment from National Sample Survey Office reports of the 61st (2004-05), 66th (2009-10) and 68th (2011-12) rounds is presented in the article.

I would like to acknowledge and thank Sheila Bhalla and Atul Sarma for their critical comments on an earlier draft of this article. However, the usual disclaimers apply.

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