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Author: Robert Palmer

Title: The Informal Economy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Unresolved Issues of Concept, Character and Measurement

Year: 2004

The rapid growth of the informal economy in developing countries, particularly Sub- Saharan Africa (SSA), is evidenced by the increasingly important contribution it has to a developing country's GDP. The informal economy is now directly 1 inked to the main objectives of development; increased production, job creation and combating poverty. Many countries in S SA have recognised the importance oft he informal economy and policies to assist it are often included in country Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers. This paper explores some of the unresolved issues surrounding the concept of the informal economy in SSA. This includes issues concerning origins, conceptualisation, characteristics, ways of measurement and ways to intervene and assist informal economic activities.

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