16 February 2023

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing, WIEGO; International Labour Organization, ILO; Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS)

Global frameworks and the widely recognized importance of social protection during the COVID-19 crisis have generated momentum towards the realisation of Universal Social Protection. Nonetheless, substantive coverage gaps remain, especially for the world’s two billion informal workers who remain largely excluded from social protection. The idea that certain forms of social protection cause substantial increases in informality presents a particular challenge to governments wanting to invest in social protection for informal workers. Specifically, social protection systems that combine employment-linked social insurance with tax-financed social assistance for low-income informal workers are claimed by some to be key drivers of informality, which is then held responsible for low productivity and underdevelopment.  In this webinar, experts presented novel evidence on the claim of whether social protection is a key driver of informality.


  • Dr Enrique Seira, Frederick S. Addy Distinguished Professor of Economics at Michigan State University
  • Oscar Cetrangolo, Professor of Public Finance at the University of Buenos Aires and Researcher at the Buenos Aires Interdisciplinary Institute for Economic Studies
  • Monica Orozco Corona, research associate at the Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias (CEEY) and director of GENDERS think tank


  • Vanessa Stoehr Linowski, Executive Director of Projects and Research in the Secretariat General of the Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS)
  • Dr Helmut Schwarzer, Head of Public Finance, Actuarial and Statistical Services, Social Protection Department, International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Moderator: Dr Laura Alfers, Director of the Social Protection Programme, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

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Registrants: 702


Attendees: 262


Youtube views: 320

(until september/2023)