Gender Segregation in the Hidden Labor Force: Looking at the Relationship between the Formal and Informal Economies

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Abstract

By synthesizing case studies on the informal economy throughout the world, I show that women and men specialize in different tasks, work in separate settings, and have differing access to positions of economic power in the informal economy. Moreover, women are more likely than their male counterparts to seek employment in the informal sector. I also explore why gender segregation is such a marked feature of the informal economy by examining characteristics of the informal sector that encourage such gender segregation including the relationship between the informal and formal economies and the social status of informal work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGender Realities
Subtitle of host publicationLocal and Global
EditorsMarcia Segal, Vasilikie Demos
Pages1-27
Number of pages27
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

Publication series

NameAdvances in Gender Research
Volume9
ISSN (Print)1529-2126

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies

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