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Study Report

Study Number: CA-513-001-1-1-Ecuador-ICPSR-1990

Subject Area: Economic Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Informal trading: economic integration, internal diversity and life changes in Quito, Ecuador, 1990-1991.  [machine-readable data file] / Teltscher, Susanne  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6062

Date Accessioned: 1/30/1996

Number of Files Received: 4

Comments: Files received via ftp.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 1/25/1996

Documentation: Machine-readable codebook file, SPSS statements file and SAS statements file.

Abstract: This data collection focuses on informal trading and is based on field research carried out in ''Calle Ipiales,'' the largest retail market of Quito, Ecuador. A major objective of the study was to examine the nature of linkages between informal traders (i.e., mobile street vendors, stationary market sellers, and small-store owners) and other sectors of the economy. The nature of such employment was investigated, and specific topics included vendors' level of dependence and independence and autonomy over their jobs, access to the markets, and access to equipment and credit. A second objective was to develop a typology of informal traders, specified by different types of linkages to each other and to the formal economy. A third objective was to identify the welfare implications of belonging to each subgroup of informal vendors. This included the examination of reasons for working in the informal sector, economic advantages and disadvantages, the relationship to the government, and other types of support vendors may receive. Additional variables in the collection cover type of product sold, amount of profit, supplier of goods to be sold, and type of customers. Background variables include age and sex of vendor, marital status, place of birth, years of residence in Quito, education, previous occupation, occupational training, number of household members, and household income.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: The total population was obtained from a census of 1,730 vendors, including mobile street vendors, stationary market sellers, and small-store owners, undertaken in the study area before the survey.

SAMPLE: The sample was drawn from the population employing systematic and stratified sampling methods.

NOTE: The data collection instrument is written in Spanish and is available only in hardcopy form.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (text) + SAS data definition statements + SPSS data definition statements + data collection instrument.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: Card Image with SAS and SPSS data definition statements and SPSS Export File

TIME PERIOD: 1990-1991

DATE OF COLLECTION: April 1990-February 1991

FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation.



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