Beveridge 2.0 Themes

Social Protection and Labour Market Informality

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Social Protection and Labour Market Informality

Labour market informality poses increasing challenges to systems of social protection around the world.. These challenges are familiar in the context of low and middle income countries, where informal employment is often the norm, and are a rising concern in rich countries where self-employment and the ‘gig economy’ are resurgent. The symposium brings together scholars from across the School to explore policy responses, examining the potential and the trade-offs of different strategies, and with a view to learning from the global south: from approaches strengthening administrative capacity and labour market regulation, to those instead stressing the need for innovative models of social insurance separating the collection of contributions from the employment contract; from exploring the role of different state and non-state actors, to the development of new technologies and digital fiscal instruments. In so doing, the symposium looks at how informality has been addressed or could be addressed in these different contexts, what can be learnt and what are common, but also divergent, factors and drivers.