PB 15/44 - Informality and Inclusive Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Aalia Cassim, Kezia Lilenstein, Morné Oosthuizen, Francois Steenkamp

Date of Publication: 
December 2015

This brief explores the relationship between informal employment and inclusive growth in sub-Saharan Africa, with a specific focus on South Africa. We find clear benefits of informality for inclusive growth, including absorption of vulnerable groups into employment and the flexibility of the informal sector during and after economic downturns. Informal employment is not a magic bullet though; with issues such as lower pay, less benefits and job insecurity among the most problematic..

View Policy Brief: DPRU PB 15/44