A multi-choice model of formal and informal sector employment by woman in Lima, Peru

Yumiko Sano

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Using the multinomial logit (MNL) models, this research has verified the heterogeneity of the urban informal employment sector and the significance of informal wage work for female workers in Lima; Peru. For the analysis of female labor supply, women aged 15-65 in Lima are disaggregated into the seven occupations: non-working, unpaid family work, domestic work, informal wage work, self-employment, formal private sector work, and formal public sector work. The theory of the new household economics is used to identify the determinants of women's labor market participation and occupation choice. The descriptive analysis shows that informal wage workers are young and the most educated workers are in the informal sector. The empirical analysis indicates that informal sector work is not homogeneous such that it creates different employment opportunities to female worker in Lima. The further research on informal wage work in urban area is critical to understand the gray area between formal and informal sectors, and the development of urban economy.
Translated title of the contributionUn modelo multi-elección del empleo formal e informal de mujeres en Lima, Perú
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-139
Issue number42
StatePublished - Jan 1998


  • Econometría
  • Mercado laboral
  • Mujeres
  • Perú


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