The impact of the action plan for promoting employment and combating unemployment on employment informality in Algeria

Ali Souag, Ragui Assaad

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This paper examines whether the Action Plan for Promoting Employment and Combating Unemployment, a labor market intermediation program adopted by the Algerian government in 2008, reduced the informality of employment in Algeria. Using repeated cross-section data from the Household Survey on Employment for the period from 1997 to 2013, and a difference-in-difference methodology, we estimate whether the Action Plan has reduced the probability that workers are employed informally in enterprises of more than 5 workers–the type of enterprise that is most likely to be directly affected by the Action Plan. Our results show that the Action Plan has in fact contributed to reducing employment informality in such enterprises, but with heterogeneous effects. More precisely, it reduced informality for employees of establishments of 10 workers or more but had no significant effects on informality for those working in enterprises of 5 to 9 workers. Furthermore, when we restrict our estimates to new entrants only, we do not find statistically significant effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-298
Number of pages27
JournalMiddle East Development Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research benefited from financial assistance of the European Union within the context of the European Commission-FEMISE project on: ?Support to economic research, studies and dialogue of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership?. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the authors and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, © 2018 Economic Research Forum.


  • Algeria
  • Impact Assessment
  • Informal employment
  • Labor Market Programs


Dive into the research topics of 'The impact of the action plan for promoting employment and combating unemployment on employment informality in Algeria'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this