The Informal Economy as a Path to Expanding Opportunities

Centre for Development and Enterprise Commissioned Research Series, August 2017

37 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2018

See all articles by Colin Williams

Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Multiple version iconThere are 2 versions of this paper

Date Written: March 6, 2017

Abstract

Is the informal economy a help or a hindrance to expanding the opportunities of the poor? Conventionally, it has been deemed a hindrance; an unproductive sphere that is deleterious to wider economic development and growth. Recently, however, a more positive depiction has emerged viewing it as a useful means of expanding the opportunities of the poor. This report reviews the arguments and evidence for viewing it more positively and how it might be harnessed in order to help expand the opportunities of the poor.

Keywords: informal sector, informal economy, tax evasion

JEL Classification: H26

Suggested Citation

Williams, Colin, The Informal Economy as a Path to Expanding Opportunities (March 6, 2017). Centre for Development and Enterprise Commissioned Research Series, August 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3209133 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3209133

Colin Williams (Contact Author)

University of Sheffield - School of Management ( email )

15 Conduit Road
Sheffield, S10 1FL
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/staff/williams/index

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
18
Abstract Views
196
PlumX Metrics