“The proposed study explores the legal and economic dynamics of Street Economy (SE) in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). Pakistan has a large SE operated by individuals and micro-enterprises across the country, mostly in urban areas. There are no precise estimates on the quantum of SE due to the informal nature in Pakistan. It is vital to gauge the contribution of SE in the overall economic landscape of the country due to the overwhelming involvement of individuals and micro-enterprises.
This analysis helps to bring hidden employment and economic contribution to the national statistics. We will follow Liu et al., (2015) methodology to quantify the economic contribution of SE to national GDP. According to this methodology, street vendor’s transactions have multiplier effects. Another critical aspect of SE is the legal quandary for Street Vendors. Due to no support of government the informal sector role is loosely tied and involves businesses/ventures that are either not registered or measurable. It becomes imperative to research this issue in the background of fragmented governance of street vending in major Pakistani cities, where municipality, development authority, and city administration are jostling to create space for their regulatory prowess in the city domain. We will employ a mixed-method approach to conduct a field survey in six different sectors in Islamabad to collect information onstreet vendors using stratified random sampling.”