Informal Self-Employment in Kazakhstan

Asian Institute of Management Working Paper No. 14-006

35 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2014

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Altay Mussurov

Republic of Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP)

G. Reza Arabsheibani

Swansea University - School of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: November 14, 2013

Abstract

We use data from the Kazakhstan Labor Force Survey (KLFS) for the period 2006-2011 to examine causal factors that determine informal self-employment. In addition, the paper expands the analysis to consider gender differences in informality and examines the response of informality propensities to the recent global crisis. Our decomposition analysis shows that education, work hours and tenure in self-employment are particularly important determinants of business formalisation.

Keywords: Informality; Gender; Ethnicity

JEL Classification: P29; O17

Suggested Citation

Mussurov, Altay and Arabsheibani, G. Reza, Informal Self-Employment in Kazakhstan (November 14, 2013). Asian Institute of Management Working Paper No. 14-006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2429398 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2429398

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