Out of the Margins: Re-Theorizing the Role of the Informal Economy in Ukraine

International Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 45 - 58.

14 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2013

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Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

John Round

University of Birmingham

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The recognition that many inhabitants across the world rely on the informal economy for their livelihood has led to a refutation that this sphere is a leftover from pre-capitalism and the advent of a range of competing theorizations of the informal economy as either reinforcing the disparities produced by the formal economy, a chosen alternative to the formal economy or an involuntary survival practice for those decanted from the formal economy. To evaluate critically these rival theories, a study of the informal sector in four localities in Ukraine is reported. Finding that this is an involuntary survival practice but one that is ubiquitous, rather than confined to the marginalized, and is just as commonly used as the formal sector as a coping practice, the outcome is a call to bring the informal economy out of the margins and more centre-stage in future analyses of East-Central European economies.

Keywords: informal sector, informal economy, informal employment, shadow economy, undeclared work, underground economy, Ukraine, livelihoods

JEL Classification: O17, H26, H31

Suggested Citation

Williams, Colin and Round, John, Out of the Margins: Re-Theorizing the Role of the Informal Economy in Ukraine (2009). International Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 45 - 58. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2290067 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2290067

Colin Williams (Contact Author)

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John Round

University of Birmingham ( email )

Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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