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The Informal Economy: The History of Workers' Rights

From the beginning of our nation’s history our laws, institutions and social norms have contributed to the creation of a segmented or dual economy. We look at different eras and movements defining the informal economy and the systematic dislocation of many people from the labor market — including people of color, women and immigrants. To overcome these barriers to entry into the regulated job market, many have found alternative ways to make a living in a parallel informal economy.

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City Rising: The Informal Economy

From the beginning of our nation’s history our laws, institutions and social norms have contributed to the creation of a segmented or dual economy. Many people — including people of color, women and immigrants — were excluded from the benefits of society, forcing them to find alternative ways to make a living in a parallel economy.

  • 2019-09-18T14:00:00-07:00
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