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Understanding the Local Unrecorded Economy: Informal Work and Home Production in Non-Metropolitan Wisconsin

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  • Larrivee, John
  • Shaffer, Ron E.

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Using a survey of 1,611 families in non-metropolitan Wisconsin, we assess the extent and importance of certain activities to make money, save money, or barter. Approximately 59% of families report involvement in the activities considered, with 122 median annual hours and median imputed value of $1368. Hours of such work are highly skewed. While some house-holds are extensively involved, most report only approximately 2-3 per week. Overall, while such work is common and some households engage in it extensively, substantial involvement in it appears too infrequent for it to serve as a major part of most households’ well-being.

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  • Larrivee, John & Shaffer, Ron E., 2007. "Understanding the Local Unrecorded Economy: Informal Work and Home Production in Non-Metropolitan Wisconsin," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 0(Issue 2), pages 1-17.
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    1. Samara Gunter, 2012. "Informal Labor Supply in the United States: New Estimates from the Fragile Families Survey," Working Papers 1426, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing..
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