CEPAL Review

Cepal Review is the leading journal for the study of economic and social development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Edited by the Economic Commission for Latin America, each issue focuses on economic trends, industrialization, income distribution, technological development and monetary systems, as well as the implementation of economic reform and transfer of technology. Written in English and Spanish (Revista de la Cepal), each tri-annual issue offers approximately 12 studies and essays undertaken by authoritative experts or gathered from conference proceedings.

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Can the informal sector affect the relationship between unemployment and output? An analysis of the Mexican case

A key aspect of developing countries is the existence of a large informal sector. In the present paper, we analyse the effect of this feature on the relationship between unemployment changes and output growth for Mexico, a country characterized by the existence of a large informal sector. Following recent studies on Okun’s coefficient, we first test whether the relationship between the cyclical components of unemployment and output is asymmetric. We then explore the possibility that this non-linear relationship may be affected by changes in the informal sector. Our results indicate that there is evidence of an asymmetric relationship between the cyclical components.


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