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Economics: Informal Sector: Egypt
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Workers have been engaged in the informal sector in Egypt for several decades, but since Egypt's adoption of an economic liberalization program, and especially since the espousal of an economic reform and structural adjustment program in 1991, the informal sector has expanded considerably. Because of a decline in employment opportunities in the public sector and limited opportunities in the private sector, the informal sector has become a refuge for many workers.

By 1998, 69 percent of new workers had been drawn into informal employment and only 19 percent into for…

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Tadros, Mariz, “Economics: Informal Sector: Egypt”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0234a>
First published online: 2009



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