New OECD Database: Informality and Social Protection (KIIbIH) - Launch & Discussion


Informality persists as one of the most widespread phenomena in the labour markets around the world. As countries look to tackle the vulnerability challenge in the informal economy, it is essential to take into account the context of their households and to monitor informality at both the individual and household levels. Monitoring household-level characteristics is essential to provide answers to a range of information needed to develop an effective social protection extension strategy and to tackle vulnerability among groups exposed to informality. The information contained in the new OECD KIIbIH1 database and currently available for 42 OECD and developing countries is of primary interest for policy makers engaged in the formalisation agenda and the extension of social protection as spelled out in SDG 1.3 and 8.3. 

The OECD Key Indicators of Informality based on Individuals and their Households (KIIbIH) database, is a new dataset that builds upon household surveys to provide comparable indicators and harmonised data on informal employment, well-being of informal workers and their dependents in 42 countries across North and sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. 

The webinar introduced the KIIbIH as a new tool to help policy makers design relevant policy interventions for informal workers, which takes into account the domestic trends of their countries.

1The KIIbIH has received support from the EU-SPS project and SIDA. 



Alexandre Kolev, Head of Social Cohesion Unit, OECD Development Centre

Justina La, Junior Analyst, OECD Development Centre

Johannes Jutting, Executive Head of PARIS21 (The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century)

Florence Bonnet, Labour market and informal economy specialist, ILO

Francoise Carre, Director of the Statistics Programme and Research Coordinator, WIEGO

Edgar Vielma Orozco, Director General of Sociodemographic Statistics, INEGI (National Institute of Statistics and Geography)

Rodrigo Negrete, Researcher, INEGI (National Institute of Statistics and Geography)


Moderator: Henri-Bernard Solignac-Lecomte, Senior Communication Manager, OECD


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