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Economics: Informal Sector: North Africa
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Women's work in the informal sector in North Africa is an essential, although often seriously underestimated, portion of the region's economy. By definition, the informal sector is that part of the economy that is neither measured nor regulated by the government or other official institutions. Informal sector activities, therefore, are generally unseen, sometimes illegal, and rarely accurately represented in statistical studies. Complicating the issue in North Africa are religious and cultural n…

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Holmes-Eber, Paula, “Economics: Informal Sector: North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0234c>
First published online: 2009

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