Robert Neuwirth

The power of the informal economy

12:29 •
Filmed Jan 2012 at TEDGlobal 2012
  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. Email
716K views

Robert Neuwirth spent four years among the chaotic stalls of street markets, talking to pushcart hawkers and gray marketers, to study the remarkable "System D," the world's unlicensed economic network. Responsible for some 1.8 billion jobs, it's an economy of underappreciated power and scope.

Robert Neuwirth
/ Author

To research his new book, "Stealth of Nations," Robert Neuwirth spent four years among street vendors, smugglers and “informal” import/export firms.  Full bio.

TED Talks are free thanks to support from