Informal sector (Economics)
Oct 19, 2011 — More than half of all employed people worldwide work off the books. And that number is expected to climb over the next decade. Investigative journalist Robert Neuwirth examines how the underground economy works in his book, Stealth of Nations.
Mar 15, 2007 — A Columbia University sociologist gives an inside view of informal economies which are central to life in the inner city. It's not just drug dealing and loan sharking that's off the books — it's child care, hair braiding, oil changes and house cleaning.
Oct 4, 2006 — In America's poor neighborhoods, there are ways to make a living, but many of them are "off the books." Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh immersed himself in one Southside Chicago community and discusses his findings.
Sep 30, 2005 — Payday loans, pawn shops, and check-cashing services offer low-income earners easy money at high interest rates. Madeleine Brand speaks with Howard Karger, author of Shortchanged: Life and Debt in the Fringe Economy, a study of predatory lending and its practitioners and patrons.