The dynamics of informality: Employment relations in small firms and the effects of regulatory change
UNSPECIFIED. (2001) The dynamics of informality: Employment relations in small firms and the effects of regulatory change. WORK EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIETY, 15 (4). pp. 845-861. ISSN 0950-0170Full text not available from this repository.
This paper addresses two related issues: the effect of the `regulatory shock' of the National Minimum Wage on small firms and the consequent effects on the commonly observed practice of 'informality', It draws on a survey of such firms but primarily uses case study evidence from five firms to examine the processes at work. Detailed case studies of such firms remain rare, and they tend to analyse a largely unchanging world. We show how patterns of informality change over time. The regulatory shock had varying effects, as some firms moved up-market and others were pressed to the edges of the legitimate market and in some cases out of business altogether. In the firms moving up-market, informality was redefined into a more disciplined and formalised approach, while those going down-market relied even more heavily on family and other ties to survive. The NMW led to some improved wages, though there was also evasion, and it has sharpened tire divide between the legitimate and illicit areas of business.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Journal or Publication Title:||WORK EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIETY|
|Publisher:||SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD|
|Number of Pages:||17|
|Page Range:||pp. 845-861|
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