The Informal Economy: Implications for Development, the Environment, and Health

12:00 pm on Thursday, October 17, 2019
1:30 pm on Thursday, October 17, 2019
Informality — the collection of firms, workers, and activities that operate outside legal and regulatory frameworks or outside the modern economy — is considered one of the most difficult challenges facing developing countries. Informality not only reflects underdevelopment but may also lead to further economic decline. This presents two questions: what is the role of informality in socioeconomic development, and how does informality influence welfare and sustainability? This seminar brings together thought leaders on different aspects of informality and sustainability, thus facilitating a discussion around these issues vis-à-vis the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and around meaningful and timely solutions to the challenge of informality. Join the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future for a lunch seminar titled “The Informal Economy: Implications for Development, the Environment, and Health.” The seminar will feature Pardee Center Faculty Associate Lawrence Were (BU School of Public Health & Sargent College); Hwa-Young Lee (Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health); and Afreen Siddiqi (MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics & Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs). The seminar will take place on Thursday, October 17 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm at the Pardee Center, 67 Bay State Road. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30 am. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP via the link below.