This paper is based on a study to understand the dynamics of the informal economy examining the case of open markets in the National Capital District. The main objective of the paper is to understand the gender dynamics within households of open market vendors. The majority of vendors are women, although men contribute through different roles. Vendors engage in market selling activities fulltime spending more than eight hours a day, five to six days a week. Market selling is the only source of income for two-thirds of female vendors; indicating an important source of livelihood. Policy recommendations are made based on the findings of this study.

Elizabeth Kopel,Fiona Hukula,Lindsay Kutan,Lewis Iwong