The essence of a street economy, with Sofien Jaballah

In recent years, the informal economy has become increasingly important in Tunisia. Some international organizations have estimated that it represents 53% of the country's GDP. An interview with Sofiane Jaballah about the study he coordinated for the FTDES: The Street of Spain market or the essence of a street economy in Tunisia.
06 January 2023
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Depuis quelques années, l’économie informelle s’impose de plus en plus en Tunisie. Certaines instances internationales estiment qu’elle représente 53% du PIB du pays. Un entretien avec Sofiane Jaballah à propos de l’étude qu’il a coordonnée sous l’égide du FTDES : Le marché de la rue d'Espagne ou le sens d'une économie de la rue en Tunisie.
يشهد الاقتصاد غير الرسمي منذ سنوات في تونس توسعا كبيرا حتى بلغ وفق تقديرات بعض الهيئات الدولية من بينها البنك الدولي 53% من الناتج الداخلي الخام للبلاد. في هذه الحلقة، نتحاور مع سفيان جاب الله محرّر ومنسق دراسة "سوق نهج اسبانيا، أو منهاج الاقتصاد الشارعي في تونس" تحت إشراف المنتدى التونسي للحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية (FTDES).
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In the second episode of the podcast "Talking Papers", we introduce informal work in Tunisia from a sociological perspective via the study "The street of Spain market or the essence of a street economy in Tunisia", carried out in October 2022 by a group of researchers under the direction of the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES).

This empirical work was coordinated by Sofien Jaballah, a PhD holder and university teacher in sociology, who will explain the scientific approach of this research and shed the light on certain concepts that may seem unclear and others that are not well known by the general public.

This collective research analyzes this commercial activity carried out by the vendors of the Street of Spain at the heart of Tunis, using different scientific approaches: sociological, anthropological, cartographical and others, divided into 9 chapters.

This study was published in the context of the Arab Hub for Social Protection, which tries to understand and assess the social protection systems in the Arab world.

Link to the study :  The street of Spain market or the essence of a street economy in Tunisia (in Arabic)

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