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dc.contributor.authorDimova, Ralitzaen_US
dc.contributor.authorGang, Ira N.en_US
dc.contributor.authorLandon-Lane, Johnen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-01en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-23T11:32:46Z-
dc.date.available2011-11-23T11:32:46Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-201104134451en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/51678-
dc.description.abstractWhat does it mean to be in the informal sector? Many characterizations have been used in the literature, for example, firms that are unregistered or employ a small workforce or firms/economic enterprises that do not have access to formal capital markets. But many people participate in both formal and informal activities, while classification of participation is often based on primary employment. This creates limitations to the analytical power of existing measures of informality. We develop a method for assigning households to the informal sector by inferring informal sector activity using income and expenditure surveys. We apply this method to the case of Bulgaria using LSMS income and expenditure surveys before and after a significant economic reform and compare it to those made using other indicators of informal sector activity. Our work shows that the informal sector acts as a buffer for households during periods of crisis when formal sector employment opportunities are limited. It shows the limitations of alternative stylized measures of informality in assessing the vulnerability of households involved in the informal sector, especially during periods of extreme economic hardship.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5607en_US
dc.subject.jelO17en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordinformal labour marketsen_US
dc.subject.keywordcrisisen_US
dc.subject.keywordBulgariaen_US
dc.subject.stwInformeller Sektoren_US
dc.subject.stwPrivater Haushalten_US
dc.subject.stw√úbergangswirtschaften_US
dc.subject.stwWirtschaftskriseen_US
dc.subject.stwHaushaltsbudget-Statistiken_US
dc.subject.stwBulgarienen_US
dc.titleRevealed informal activityen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn665251076en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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