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Date: Wntr 2021
From: Harvard International Review(Vol. 42, Issue 1)
Publisher: Harvard International Relations Council, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 429 words
Lexile Measure: 1390L

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According to the UN International Labor Organization, two billion people are informal workers, or 62 percent of the total number of workers in the world. With the rise of transnational corporations and technological innovation, workers' employment status is increasingly informal: without long-term contracts, union support, or outside legal protections. On the other hand, informal work can offer newfound flexibility, self-governance, and employment opportunities.

This edition of the Harvard International Review focuses on untraditional work, in particular the challenges of legal protections, economic development, and the globalization of labor markets. In recent years, the informal economy has only grown in significance, from the emergence of rideshare apps such...

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