The Informal Sector & Informal Employment Conference


The 6 & 7 May,
an International Conference about

The Informal Sector &
Informal Employment

Statistical Measurement, Economic Implications and Public Policies

  • The Conference Flyer (pdf)
  • PlacePlace: VASS
    N°1 Liễu Giai, Hà Nội
  • SpeakLanguages: Vietnamese, English, French, Spanish
    Tel: (84 4) 62 73 04 53

The conference will cover experiences from a broad range of developing countries and countries in transition (Africa, Asia, Latin America), with a special attention to the Vietnamese case.

Objective of the Conference:

In spite of its predominant economic weight in developing countries, little is known about the informal sector and informal employment, which is still a“huge black hole”of our knowledge largely neglected by public policies. However, an increasing number of surveys have been conducted over the last few years; concepts and methodology to measure this sector have progressed;

The purpose of the International Conference on the Informal Sector and Informal Employment is to look into the definition and statistical measurement of the concepts, analyse the economic implications of these phenomena, and study public policies implemented.

Aim of the Conference:

Is to move forward along three directions:

Advance towards defining common approaches to the measurement and definition of the informal sector and the informal employment in developing countries.

Present and discuss the comparative outcomes of recent economic papers on the informal sector and the informal employment (and related issues) .

Use the diagnoses and past experiences to help define targeted assistance policies for the informal sector and job creation.

VASS (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences) and IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), in partnership with GSO (General Statistical Office), MOLISA (Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs), AFD (Agence Française de Développement), DFID (Department for International Development), ILO (International Labour Organization), UNDP (United Nations Development Program) and the World Bank have decided to launch an International Conference to address these issues.

The Conference is organized by:

Approximately 60 contributions will be presented and 200 participations are expected.

Program book and abstracts (pdf)

Detailed program and full papers

Thursday,May 6

8:00 – 12:00

Opening session

Global approach (keynote speakers)

The dynamics of the informal sector and policy challenges

Challenges involved by the measurement of the informal sector and informal employment


13:30 – 17:00


Economic & institutional constraints

Concepts and Measures: National Experiences

The Vietnamese case in perspective

Sectoral Allocation & Social Constraints

Friday, May 7

8:30 – 12:30


Micro & macro Dynamics

Concepts and measures: National Experiences

International Projects

Policies and cross cutting issues

13:30 – 17:00


Round table: Prospects in terms of measurement, analysis and policy

Wrap up of the parallel sessions (main findings and discussions)

Round table: Tacking stock / learning from the conference


Closing session

Steering committee

The steering committee defines the main orientations of the Conference. It is composed of representatives of each of the institutions participating to the Conference.

Two side-events will take place before the Conference: a one- day training workshop in advanced econometrics for PhD students and researchers (4th May); the sixth session of the “Doctoral days in social sciences” for PhD students of South- East Asia (5th May) on a subject related to the Informal Sector.

Scientific committee

  • Đỗ Trọng Khanh : Director of the Methodology
    Department, General Statistics Office, Hà Nội
  • Michael Grimm : Professor, Institute of Social Studies,
    The Hague
  • Ralf Hussmanns : Senior Statistician, International Labour
    Office, Geneva
  • Lê Văn Dụy : Deputy Director of the Institute of Statistical Science (ISS), General Statistics Office, Hà Nội
  • Benoit Massuyeau : Agence Française de Développement,
    Hà Nội
  • Nguyễn Thắng : Director of the Centre of Analysis and
    Forecasting (CAF), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences,
    Hà Nội
  • Martin Rama : Chief economist, World Bank Vietnam,
    Hà Nội
  • Vũ Quốc Huy : Professor, College of Economics,
    Việt Nam National University, Hà Nội
  • Alex Warren-Rodriguez : United Nations Development
    Programme, Hà Nội.
  • Research team : Institut de Recherche pour
    le Développement, DIAL, Hà Nội

Organizing committee

  • Trần Thị Lan Anh : VASS
  • Stéphane Lagrée : AFD/VASS/EFEO
  • Bùi Thu Trang : AFD/VASS, Hà Nội
  • Jean-Pierre Cling, Mireille Razafindrakoto,
    François Roubaud :
    IRD, DIAL, Hà Nội

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