Evaluating the Prevalence and Nature of Self-Employment in the Informal Economy: Evidence from a 27-Nation European Survey
European Spatial Research and Policy, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2012, pp. 129-142.
14 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2015
Date Written: 2012
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. 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. The paper concludes by reviewing the implications for future research and policy.
Keywords: informal sector, underground sector, shadow economy, self-employment, tax evasion, Europe
JEL Classification: H26, J46, K42, O17
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