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Possible Measures Aimed at Reducing Informal Employment and Hidden Wages

O. Sinyavskaya and S. Biryukova
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O. Sinyavskaya: Institute for Social Policy, National Research University - Higher School of Economics Moscow, Russia
S. Biryukova: nstitute for Social Policy, National Research University - Higher School of Economics Moscow, Russia

Journal of the New Economic Association, 2018, vol. 37, issue 1, 193-203

Abstract: The scale of informal employment and hidden wages in Russia is significant and has increased even under conditions of economic growth and tax reforms throughout the 2000s. International experience proves that success in reducing the level of informal employment can only be achieved by implementing a comprehensive policy that combines incentives and sanctions in various spheres of regulation and includes broader tasks for improving institutions, economic reforms, and changing social norms related to relevance of informal relations. Within the framework of the study, based on an analysis of the specifics and causes of the existence of informal and shadow employment in Russia, authors formulate recommendations aimed at reducing informal employment and hidden wages. Recommendations take into account relevant international experience, as well as the specifics of the causes of informal employment in Russia and policies already undertaken by the Russian government.

Keywords: informal employment; shadow employment; hidden wages; tax regulation; economic regulation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J46 J48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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