Colin C. Williams

The University of Sheffield, UK

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Public Policy, The University of Sheffield, UK

Research interest

The magnitude and character of the informal economy and evaluating different public policy approaches and initiatives for tackling this sphere

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Lead expert on undeclared work to the European Commission's European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work (2016–present)

Chief advisor on undeclared work to the Western Balkans Network Tackling Undeclared Work (2018–present)

Advisor to International Labour Organization on tackling the informal economy (2015–present)

Past positions

Professor of Work Organisation in the School of Management at the University of Leicester, UK

Selected publications

  • Entrepreneurship in the Informal Sector: An Institutional Perspective. London: Routledge.

  • Entrepreneurship and Institutions: The Causes and Consequences of Institutional Asymmetry. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017 (with N. Williams and T. Vorley).

  • Measuring the Global Shadow Economy: The Prevalence of Informal Work and Labour. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016 (with F. Schneider).

  • Confronting the Shadow Economy: Evaluating Tax Compliance and Behaviour Policies. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014.

  • The Role of Informal Economies in the Post-Soviet World The End of Transition? London: Routledge, 2013 (with J. Round and P. Rodgers).