Webinar Presentation: Is social protection to blame for informality?

Slide presentation of the webinar held on 16 February 2023

In this webinar, experts presented novel evidence on the claim of whether social protection is a key driver of informality. 

  • Does the academic literature support the claim that social protection is a key driver of informality? 
  • Has Mexico’s Seguro Popular universal health coverage programme really, as often claimed, destroyed formal jobs?
  • Are social security contributions undermining formal employment? What does the evidence say and what are global experiences?

Following brief presentations from experts, we have heard reflections from the ILO and the Inter-American Social Security Conference (CISS) on what to make of these claims, their impact on social protection policy making, and how such concerns should be addressed on the pathways to universal social protection.