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Social Protection in the Informal Economy: Home based women workers and outsourced manufacturing in Asia

AUTHOR(S)

Santosh Mehrotra; Mario Biggeri
Social Protection in the Informal Economy: Home based women workers and outsourced manufacturing in Asia
LANGUAGE:
English
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ABSTRACT

Home based work has a dual and contradictory character: on the one hand, as a source of income diversification for poor workers and the emergence of micro-enterprises, yet on the other, it is a source of exploitation of vulnerable workers as firms attempt to contain costs. This paper examines the social protection needs of women workers in this sector, and also argues for public action to promote such work as a possible new labour intensive growth strategy in these and other developing countries.
SERIESInnocenti Working Papers
SERIES No. 97
DATE OF PUBLICATION2002
PAGES84