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'The Price is different depending on whether you want a receipt or not': examining the purchasing of goods and services from the informal economy in South-East Europe

'The Price is different depending on whether you want a receipt or not': examining the purchasing of goods and services from the informal economy in South-East Europe
'The Price is different depending on whether you want a receipt or not': examining the purchasing of goods and services from the informal economy in South-East Europe
Research on the informal economy has largely focussed on supply-side issues, addressing questions like what motivates individuals to work in the informal economy and how can governments tackle this phenomenon. To date, much less attention has been given to demand-side aspects, examining issues around who purchases goods and services from the informal economy, why, and to what extent there are variations according to demographic, socio-economic and geographic dimensions. This paper addresses this imbalance by examining the purchasing of goods and services from the informal economy in South-East Europe. Firstly, this paper identifies the prevalence of such informal purchasing in South-East Europe as well as who undertakes such purchasing. Next, it examines the relative significance of cost factors, social factors and failures in the formal economy, in motivating such purchasing. Finally, it explores variability in the significance of these motivators based on individual-level factors, within and across three South-East European countries.
0264-2069
688-707
Littlewood, David
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Rodgers, Peter
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Yang, Junhong
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Littlewood, David
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Rodgers, Peter
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Yang, Junhong
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Littlewood, David, Rodgers, Peter and Yang, Junhong (2018) 'The Price is different depending on whether you want a receipt or not': examining the purchasing of goods and services from the informal economy in South-East Europe. The Service Industries Journal, 38 (11-12), 688-707. (doi:10.1080/02642069.2018.1444032).

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Abstract

Research on the informal economy has largely focussed on supply-side issues, addressing questions like what motivates individuals to work in the informal economy and how can governments tackle this phenomenon. To date, much less attention has been given to demand-side aspects, examining issues around who purchases goods and services from the informal economy, why, and to what extent there are variations according to demographic, socio-economic and geographic dimensions. This paper addresses this imbalance by examining the purchasing of goods and services from the informal economy in South-East Europe. Firstly, this paper identifies the prevalence of such informal purchasing in South-East Europe as well as who undertakes such purchasing. Next, it examines the relative significance of cost factors, social factors and failures in the formal economy, in motivating such purchasing. Finally, it explores variability in the significance of these motivators based on individual-level factors, within and across three South-East European countries.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 February 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 7 March 2018
Published date: 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 442388
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/442388
ISSN: 0264-2069
PURE UUID: 1c2e9a59-785c-4e33-979a-f71173a49a6d

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Last modified: 06 Oct 2020 22:08

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Author: David Littlewood
Author: Peter Rodgers
Author: Junhong Yang

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