Reconceptualising Men's and Women's Undeclared Work: Some Results from a European Union Survey
23 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2013
Date Written: 2011
Recognising that the current conceptualisations of men’s and women’s undeclared work derive almost entirely from a limited range of small-scale studies of specific localities, sectors and occupations, this paper begins to resolve this dearth of evidence by reporting the findings of an extensive cross-national survey of undeclared work conducted in 2007 across 27 European Union (EU) nations. The outcome is fresh and extensive EU-wide evidence that extends existing conceptualisations of the gender differences in terms of participation, sector, contract-type and pay. However, the recognition that undeclared work is conducted for closer social relations, and sometimes for motives other than financial gain, is shown to apply not only to women as previously contended, but to men as well and to constitute the majority of undeclared work in the EU. The result is a call for a fundamental re-conceptualisation of the nature of undeclared work that recognises the heterogeneous work relations involved.
Keywords: gender, informal employment, undeclared work, shadow economy, informal economy, European Union
JEL Classification: O17, H26, H31
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