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Informality and Mobility: Evidence from Russian Panel Data

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  • Slonimczyk, Fabian

    () (NRU HSE, Moscow)

  • Gimpelson, Vladimir

    () (CLMS, Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

Abstract

Informality is a defining characteristic of labor markets in developing and transition countries. This paper analyzes patterns of mobility across different forms of formal and informal employment in Russia. Using the RLMS household panel we estimate a dynamic multinomial logit model with individual heterogeneity and correct for the initial conditions problem. Simulations show that structural state dependence is weak and that transition rates from informal to formal employment are not lower than from other origin states. These results lend support to the integrated view of the labor market.

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  • Slonimczyk, Fabian & Gimpelson, Vladimir, 2013. "Informality and Mobility: Evidence from Russian Panel Data," IZA Discussion Papers 7703, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Fabián Slonimczyk, 2014. "Informal employment in emerging and transition economies," IZA World of Labor, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), pages 1-59, May.
    2. H. Lehmann, 2014. "Informal employment in transition countries: empirical evidence and research challenges," Working Papers wp982, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
    3. Tansel, Aysit & Ozdemir, Zeynel / A., 2014. "Determinants of Transitions across Formal/Informal sectors in Egypt," MPRA Paper 61183, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Lehmann, Hartmut, 2014. "Informal Employment in Transition Countries: Empirical Evidence and Research Challenges," IZA Discussion Papers 8687, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    5. repec:ecr:col070:43454 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Tansel, Aysit & Ozdemir, Zeynel / A., 2014. "Determinants of Transitions across Formal/Informal sectors in Egypt," MPRA Paper 61183, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    informality; labor mobility; initial conditions problem; state dependence;

    JEL classification:

    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers

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