Under what circumstances does the formalization of informal jobs lead to pro-worker outcomes, and when might formalization intensify workers’ exploitation or deprive them of work altogether? Drawing on 24 months of ethnographic field research, this presentation analyzes two ambitious efforts to integrate informal waste pickers into formal waste management. This research finds that formalization policies in Bogotá, Colombia elevated the incomes, conditions, and voice of thousands of waste pickers, whereas parallel efforts in the seemingly more favorable context of São Paulo, Brazil did not. Ultimately, these differential outcomes hinged on waste pickers’ levels of power to shape policy design and implementation.
- This event has passed.
Labor Speaker Series | “Is Formalization the Answer? Is Informality the Problem?” Waste Picker Rights Policy in São Paolo and Bogotá with Manuel Rosaldo
October 13, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Topic: “Is Formalization the Answer? Is Informality the Problem?” Waste Picker Rights Policy in São Paolo and Bogotá
Date: Thursday, October 13th
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm PT
Location: Luskin School of Public Affairs Faculty Lounge, Room 5391
Guest Speaker: Manuel Rosaldo, Assistant Professor of Labor Relations and Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University