The Informal Sector
Many of the names by which the 'informal' sector is called - as listed below - essentially characterizes it in terms of what it is not: it is not the formal sector (non-formal), it is not controlled by the government (non-plan, hidden, unofficial, unrecorded), it is not legal (iilegal, black, shadow) and it is not taxable (unrecorded, parallel).
But recent research and exploration on the issue has resulted in a more benign approach, where the names and definitions have used the characteritics of the sector itself (casual, family enterprise). Some emphasize its poverty focus (subsistence, petty comodity, one-person entreprize) as well as its 'temporary' nature (transient, intermediate). In reality, it is all of these taken together, that define all the characteristics of the sector!
Community of the Poor
Lower-circuit of the Urban Economy
Petty Commodity Production
Unrecorded Economic Activities
Urban Subsistence Sector