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The participation of Russian households in the informal economy: evidence from the VTsIOM data

Citation

Kim, Byung-Yeon (2002). The participation of Russian households in the informal economy: evidence from the VTsIOM data. Economics of Transition, 10(3), 689-717.

Abstract

This study presents the size and structure of secondary employment in Russia, analyses the determinants of Russian informal secondary employment, and discusses differences between job qualifications in a main job and those in a secondary job. We estimate that 27 percent of Russia’s GDP was produced in the informal economy during 1997–98 and informal secondary employment amounts to about 20 percent of value added produced in the informal economy. We found that the probability of holding an informal secondary job as opposed to a formal one is positively associated with higher wage rates and lower education. However, there is little evidence that low income is correlated with holding an informal secondary job. We also found evidence that an informal secondary job requires lower job qualifications as compared to a formal one. Again, low income is not significant in determining differences between job qualifications in a main job and those in a secondary job.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-0351.t01-1-00130

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2002

Journal Title

Economics of Transition

Author(s)

Kim, Byung-Yeon