What is it about?

The analysis of employment relations needs to include work in the informal economy. For this purpose, we propose a ‘degrees of informalization’ framework that evaluates the proportion of employment relations infused with informality and the nature of this permeation.

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Why is it important?

We apply this framework to South-East Europe, using evidence from a 2007 Eurobarometer survey. Informality is extensive, largely in the form of under-declared formal waged employment, although significant variations exist across countries. There is a strong correlation between capitalist societies with higher levels of labour market intervention, social protection, redistribution via social transfers and equality, and lower levels of informality.

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Examines the determinants of the degree of informalisation of economies

Professor Colin C Williams
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Evaluating the extent and nature of the informalization of employment relations in South-East Europe, European Journal of Industrial Relations, April 2013, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0959680113481732.
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