Panama has half a million informal workers
Thirty-nine percent of Panama's working-age population is employed in the informal sector, according to government figures.
The number, which currently stands at half a million people, affects the country's economy because informal workers pay no taxes, said Carlos Gómez, former president of the country's School of Economists.
The government should establish a policy that incorporates informal businesses and workers into the country's tax system, said economist Raúl Bethancourt.
Source (in Spanish): Panamá América