The Effect of Unobservables on Labour Supply Decisions: The formal and informal sector during transition
AbstractThe transition from a command economy in the FSU resulted in increased activities in the informal sector. However despite prevalent delays in wage payments many workers were still observed to be working full-time in the formal sector. Here a model of workers' labour supply decisions incorporates unobservable features of informal activities in both sectors; namely unofficial payments within the formal sector and stigma associated with the informal sector. These extensions result in non-trivial changes to workers' reservation wage conditions and reconcile the unexpected outcomes of workers' labour supply decisions. A limited empirical analysis of Kyrgyz data, for 1993 and 1996, provides support for the implications of this framework.
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transition; informal activities; labour supply decisions;
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- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
- P23 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Factor and Product Markets; Industry Studies; Population
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