The Informal Economy: Experiences of African Americans

September 1, 2003  • Jan L. Losby, Marica E. Kingslow & John F. Else

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This publication, written by the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED) Solutions, explores the experiences of 55 African Americans who either operate their own informal businesses or are employed informally – working for companies that pay them in cash. The 71-page report looks at the pros and cons of participating in the informal economy and the implications for programs encouraging entrepreneurship.