Developing research and innovation capacities of Latinamerican HEI for the analysis of informal labour market
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Analyzing and proposing collaborative solutions for the labor market.

With the challenge of promoting a debate for the search of collaborative solutions, the virtual seminar "The Heterogeneity of Labor Markets in Latin America" was held, an instance in which the deep gaps and differences that exist in the labor markets in the region were analyzed.

The initiative evidenced the analysis carried out by the partner institutions of the Erasmus+ LATWORK Project: "Developing Research and Innovation Capacities of Latinamerican HEI for the Analysis of Informal Labour Market", through the observation developed by the Working Group Number 3, which is coordinated by the Universidad Nacional del Litoral of Argentina, the Universidad Federal de Campina Grande of Brazil and the Universidad San Sebastián of Chile.

Its focus is on the forms and processes by which formal work is being replaced by a wide range of informal, intermittent, precarious and atypical jobs, especially in the midst of the current health crisis.

Ana María Calderón, VCM academic at the Faculty of Psychology and coordinator of the project at Universidad San Sebastián, pointed out that "we are currently developing several initiatives to transversalize the reflection on informality. We are advancing in basic and applied research. On the one hand, we are investigating the characterization of women's informality and, on the other hand, we are working together with the Federal University of Campina Grande on the characterization of informality by platform in the Los Lagos region, incorporating social innovation in the formalization strategies of these entrepreneurs".

One of the speakers, Dr. Juan Pablo Pérez, FLACSO researcher, stated that the pandemic crisis "is strengthening the precariousness of employment trends and new forms of informality. Self-employment has decreased during this period and in the future it is suggested that one of the most important labor dynamics could be intermittent employment".

The expert added that there was a recovery of employment after the worst period of the pandemic in this matter, but a preliminary study that is going to come out in the ILO labor outlook, points out that "2/3 of the jobs have managed to recover, although this has a clear gender bias, because in the case of men it is 77% of the jobs, while for women the figure is only 58%".

María José Riffo, Director of the Latwork Project at Universidad San Sebastián states that "this type of initiative allows us to be more alert before the national and international panorama, becoming especially relevant to generate strategies that allow us to reduce the figures of informality product of the pandemic and the setback that this has meant for the labor force."

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