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Evaluating 'Varieties of Capitalism' by the Extent and Nature of the Informal Economy: The Case of South-Eastern Europe

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  • Colin C. Williams

    (School of Management, University of Sheffield)

  • Abbi Kedir

    (Department of Economics, University of Leicester)

  • Meryem Fethi

    (School of Management, University of Leicester)

  • Sara Nadin

    (School of Management, University of Sheffield)

Abstract

'Varieties of capitalism' have been conventionally delineated by the varying types of formal economy that exist. Given that the vast majority of employment globally is in the informal economy, this paper offers a new analytical framework which delineates varieties of capitalism by their degree of informalization and the character of the informal economy. Examining South East Europe through this lens using evidence from a 2007 Eurobarometer survey, the finding is that this region is a 'quasi-formal market economy' and its informal economy composed largely of quasi-formal employment relations, albeit with significant variations in the degree and nature of the informal economy across different countries, sectors and population groups.

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  • Colin C. Williams & Abbi Kedir & Meryem Fethi & Sara Nadin, 2012. "Evaluating 'Varieties of Capitalism' by the Extent and Nature of the Informal Economy: The Case of South-Eastern Europe," South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics, Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region, vol. 10(2), pages 113-130.
  • Handle: RePEc:seb:journl:v:10:y:2012:i:2:p:113-130
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    1. Colin C. Williams, 2014. "Confronting the Shadow Economy," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 15370.
    2. Colin C. Williams & Ioana A. Horodnic, 2015. "Who Participates in the Undeclared Economy in South-Eastern Europe? An Evaluation of the Marginalization Thesis," South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics, Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region, vol. 13(2), pages 157-175.
    3. repec:nwe:eajour:y:2017:i:4:p:515-531 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Informal Economy; Varieties of Capitalism; Employment Relations; South-East Europe;

    JEL classification:

    • E26 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Informal Economy; Underground Economy
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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