Informal employment in service industries: estimations from nationally representative Labour Force Survey data of Russian Federation

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Abstract

As the largest post-Soviet transition economy with substantial labour immigration and a considerable informal-sector Russia serves as an interesting case to study informal employment in the service and non-service economic sectors. The study fills the gap of the lack of empirical papers grounded on the reliable massive individual data. This article discusses almost twenty years’ dynamics of informal employment rates within the service and non-service industries based on the nationally representative Labour Force Survey primary data, collected quarterly for 2010–2015 with a sample size of about 200 thousand respondents per quarter. The unexpected finding is that the rate of informal employment is higher in non-service economic activities. Informal workers in the service sector in Russia are typically male, not very young, without tertiary education, living in urban areas. The paper also provides a comparative regression analysis on the probability of being informally employed in the service and non-service sectors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)742-771
Number of pages30
JournalService Industries Journal
Volume38
Issue number11-12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 10 2018

Keywords

  • Russian labour market
  • Service sector
  • informal employment
  • non-registered self-employed
  • oral working arrangements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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