What is it about?

To evaluate the ‘marginalisation thesis’, which holds that marginalised populations are more likely to participate in the informal economy, this article reports a 2013 special Eurobarometer survey conducted in 11 Central and Eastern European countries.

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Why is it important?

Using multilevel mixed-effects logistic regression analysis, the finding is that although some marginalised populations (i.e. the unemployed, those having difficulties paying their household bills, younger age groups) are significantly more likely to participate in the informal economy, others are not (e.g. those in poorer countries, living in rural areas, with less formal education). Yet others (e.g. women) are significantly less likely to participate in the informal economy. The outcome is a call for a more nuanced understanding of the marginalisation thesis as valid for some marginalised populations but not others.

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This paper sets out which population groups are more likely to engage in informal economy activity in East-Central Europe

Professor Colin C Williams
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Marginalisation and participation in the informal economy in Central and Eastern European nations, Post-Communist Economies, April 2015, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/14631377.2015.1026686.
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