Reconceptualising Paid Informal Work and its Implications for Policy: Some Lessons from a Case Study of Southampton
Policy Studies, 1999, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 221-233.
13 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2015
Date Written: 1999
Drawing upon case study evidence from Southampton, the aim of this paper is to show that paid informal work is not merely an economically-motivated peripheral form of employment that should be eradicated due to its fraudulent and exploitative nature. Instead, paid informal work is revealed to be mostly conducted for family, neighbours and friends for social rather than economic reasons and is thus more akin to unpaid community exchange in the private sphere than to formal employment.
Keywords: Informal sector, household work practices, livelihoods, economic development, England
JEL Classification: H26, J46, K42, O17
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