What is it about?

Despite the emergent recognition that many in the informal economy work on a self-employed basis, few have evaluated the extent and character of such endeavour.

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Why is it important?

To start to fill this gap, a 2007 Eurobarometer survey composed of 26,659 face-to-face interviews in 27 European countries is reported. This reveals that 1 in 28 of the surveyed population participated in self-employment in the informal economy over the previous year, albeit with some significant socio-economic and spatial variations in the commonality and character of participation, and their reasons for doing so.


This paper evaluates how many in the informal economy work on a self-employed basis

Professor Colin C Williams
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Evaluating the Prevalence and Nature of Self-Employment in the Informal Economy: Evidence From a 27-Nation European Survey, European Spatial Research and Policy, January 2012, Uniwersytet Lodzki (University of Lodz), DOI: 10.2478/v10105-012-0010-y.
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