Authors

Fabián Slonimczyk

  • Current position:
    Assistant Professor, International College of Economics and Finance and Faculty of Economics, NRU Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Research interest:
    Labor economics, development economics, economics of transition
  • Website:
    http://bit.ly/Slonimczyk_IZApage
  • Affiliations:
    NRU Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation, and IZA, Germany
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, 2009
  • Selected publications:
    • "Employment and distribution effects of the minimum wage.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 84:1 (2012): 245-264.
    • “Earnings inequality and skill mismatch in the US." Journal of Economic Inequality 11:2 (2013): 163–194.
    • “The effect of taxation on informal employment.” Research in Labor Economics 34 (2012), Ch. 2.
    • "Assessing the impact of the maternity capital policy in Russia." Labour Economics (Forthcoming).
  • Articles

Informal employment in emerging and transition economies

Reducing informality requires better enforcement, more reasonable regulation, and economic growth

May 2014

10.15185/izawol.59 59

by Fabián Slonimczyk Slonimczyk, F

In developing and transition economies as much as half the labor force works in the informal sector (or “shadow economy”). Informal firms congest infrastructure and other public services but do not contribute the taxes needed to finance them. Informal workers are unprotected against such negative shocks as ill-health, but for certain groups there can be scarce opportunities to enter the formal sector. Reducing informality requires better enforcement, more reasonable regulation, and economic growth.