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Purchasing from Informal Markets: Evidence from Serbia

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  • Barry Reilly
  • Gorana Krstic
  • Matteo Cominetta

Abstract

This paper exploits a relatively unique survey conducted in Serbia in late 2000 to examine the determinants of expenditures on goods and services provided through informal outlets. The research reported in this paper adds to a relatively small existing literature on the topic. The empirical analysis is tentatively situated within the context of an Engel curve approach and the influence of informal ‘networks’ on purchasing behaviour is assessed. Our empirical analysis suggests that the share of purchases from informal markets is inversely related to income and there is a strong role for ‘network’ effects.

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  • Barry Reilly & Gorana Krstic & Matteo Cominetta, 2006. "Purchasing from Informal Markets: Evidence from Serbia," Applied Economics Quarterly (formerly: Konjunkturpolitik), Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 52(3), pages 30-50.
  • Handle: RePEc:aeq:aeqaeq:v52_y2006_i3_q3_p30-50
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    1. Böhme, Marcus & Thiele, Rainer, 2012. "Is the Informal Sector Constrained from the Demand Side? Evidence for Six West African Capitals," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(7), pages 1369-1381.
    2. Holger Bonin & Ulf Rinne, 2014. "‘Beautiful Serbia’ - objective and subjective outcomes of active labour market policy in a transition economy," The Economics of Transition, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, vol. 22(1), pages 43-67, January.
    3. Kolady, Deepthi & Lesser, William H., 2006. "Is it Feasible to Provide Genetically Modified Crops to Small Farmers on Preferential Terms? : An Ex Ante Analysis of Bt Eggplant in India," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21130, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    4. Piergiuseppe Morone & Giuseppina Testa, 2005. "What Makes Small and Medium Enterprises Competitive," Quaderni DSEMS 18-2005, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Matematiche e Statistiche, Universita' di Foggia.
    5. Casola, Luca & Kemp, Simon & Mackenzie, Alexander, 2009. "Consumer decisions in the black market for stolen or counterfeit goods," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 30(2), pages 162-171, April.
    6. Marcus H Böhme & Rainer Thiele, 2014. "Informal–Formal Linkages and Informal Enterprise Performance in Urban West Africa," The European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan;European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), vol. 26(4), pages 473-489, September.

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    Keywords

    Informal Sector Purchases; Serbia; Interval Regression;

    JEL classification:

    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • P36 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty

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