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This paper seeks to better understand informal employment among young people (15-29 years) in countries of the Asian and Pacific region where comprehensive and comparable data are available. It argues that youth in informal employment are at a significant disadvantage relative to those in formal employment, especially concerning wages, job benefits, job satisfaction and access to finance. Evidence is provided by ILO School-to-Work Transition Survey (SWTS) micro datasets for descriptive statistics as well as for a regression analysis. Moreover, policy recommendations, which include reference to the Sustainable Development Goals, are put forward as ways to ameliorate circumstances around youth employment and overall development.

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