What is it about?

Until now, participation in undeclared work has been explained through either a structuralist lens as driven by ‘exclusion’ from state benefits and the circuits of the modern economy or through a neo-liberal and/or post-structuralist lens as driven by the voluntary ‘exit’ of workers out of formal institutions and into this alternative realm.

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Why is it important?

Reporting the results of a 2007 survey of undeclared work in eight Baltic nations, this paper reveals how such either/or explanations need to be transcended and replaced with an appreciation of the heterogeneous nature of such work and the diverse motives underpinning participation in this sphere.

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One of the first papers to evaluate the extent and nature of the undeclared economy in the Baltic countries

Professor Colin C Williams
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Out of the Shadows: Explaining the Undeclared Economy in Baltic Countries, Journal of Baltic Studies, March 2010, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/01629770903525282.
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