An estimated 2.3 million persons, or 38 percent of all
workers, operated outside the formal economy in 1988.
estimates varied, the informal sector accounted for
and 40 percent of the labor force throughout the 1980s.
sector included nonprofessional self-employed workers,
employing five or fewer persons, and domestic workers.
informales drove taxis, offered door-to-door
services, cleaned homes, sold clothing on downtown
worked as day laborers. Youth, women, and Colombian
indocumeutados (undocumented or illegal aliens)
constituted a disproportionate share of the informal
According to some analysts, the country's large
economy stemmed from the government's excessive regulation
formal economy and the private sector's inability to
sufficient jobs for the country's burgeoning urban
Data as of December 1990