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This paper shows who engages in informal work? Traditionally, it is thought that most informal workers are from marginalised groups. This paper reveals the need to adopt a more nuanced understanding. Some so-called marginal groups are over-represented and others not. This has implications for tackling the informal economy which sometimes targets deprived localities and the unemployed, both populations where the informal sector is not over-represented

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Identifies the marginalised groups most likely to engage in the informal sector


The first extensive evaluation of whether marginalised populations are more likely to participate in undeclared work.

Professor Colin C Williams
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Rethinking the marginalisation thesis, Employee Relations, January 2015, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/er-06-2014-0074.
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