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Informal Labour and Credit Markets: A Survey

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  • Nicoletta Batini

    (University of Surrey and IMF)

  • Young-Bae Kim

    (University of Surrey)

  • Paul Levine

    (University of Surrey)

  • Emanuela Lotti

    (University of Surrey)

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on the informal economy, focusing first on empirical findings and then on existing approaches to modelling informality within both partial and general equilibrium environments. We concentrate on labour and credit markets, since these tend to be most affected by informality. The phenomenon is particularly important in emerging and other developing economies, given their high degrees of informal labour and financial services and the implications these have for the effectiveness of macroeconomic policy. We emphasize the need for dynamic general equilibrium (DGE) and ultimately dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models for a full understanding of the costs, benefits and policy implications of informality. The survey shows that the literature on informality is quite patchy, and that there are several unexplored areas left for research. JEL Classification: J65, E24, E26, E32

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Surrey in its series School of Economics Discussion Papers with number 0609.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2009
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