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Informal Employment and the Earnings of Home-Based Home Care Workers

Brief
September 1, 2019

This working paper uses Current Population Survey data to uncover differences between home care workers employed in private households and agency-employed workers. The analysis results find that informally employed workers earn less, are less likely to make minimum wage, and are more likely to be noncitizens.

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Key Takeaways

Agency-employed home care workers earn more than informally employed workers.
Grey market workers were less likely to benefit from minimum wage laws.
Informally employed workers are more likely to be noncitizens, compared to agency-employed workers.
 
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