POLICY AND PLANNING

One of the first things that strikes visitors to Bangkok is the sheer number and diversity of vendors on the streets, lanes (soi), and remaining waterways. The city is possibly one of the world’s “jewels” when it comes to selling goods and services in public spaces both day and night. How did this situation come to be, especially given the country’s evolving political and economic agenda? What are the cultural, economic, political and other broader social foundations of this situation, including the role of vendors themselves? What are the current opportunities and challenges associated with vending in public space in Bangkok and what can other contexts learn from the specific experience of Bangkok and vice-versa? This brief answers some of those questions.

Vending in Public Space: The Case of Bangkok

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RESEARCH 

Statistics on the Informal Economy: Definitions, Regional Estimates and Challenges.

There is renewed interest in the informal economy worldwide. In part, the renewed interest stems from the fact that, contrary to predictions, the informal economy has not only persisted but has also emerged in new forms and in unexpected places. Moreover many now recognize that the informal economy is integrally linked to the formal economy and contributes to the overall economy. There is also growing recognition that supporting the working poor in the informal economy is a key pathway to reducing poverty and inequality. In particular, since women tend to be concentrated in the more precarious forms of informal employment, supporting working poor women in the informal economy is a key pathway to reducing women’s poverty and gender inequality.

Statistics on the Informal Economy: Definitions, Regional Estimates and Challenges

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