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Determinants of the informal economy of an emerging economy: a multiple indicator, multiple causes approach
journal contributionposted on 2016-10-14, 13:11 authored by Eghosa Igudia, Rob Ackrill, Simeon ColemanSimeon Coleman, Carlyn Dobson
© Copyright 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.Positing the implementation of evidenced-based policies to manage the informal economy, our paper employs, in a novel way, the multiple-indicator, multiple-cause model and primary data, to identify the determinants of the Nigerian informal economy. Building on previous literature, relevant determinants of the informal economy were constructed from participants' responses to questions designed to solicit such information. We found the factors responsible for the origin and expansion of the Nigerian informal economy to include: unemployment, a need to be autonomous/self-employed, corruption of government officials/agencies, participants' desire to pay less tax, and participants' need to survive. The greatest influence, in terms of magnitude and impacts, comes from the 'participants' need to survive' factor, followed by corruption. Our policy recommendations follow these identified factors, and recognise the positive and important role played by the informal economy. Although country-specific, our findings/recommendations may be used to inform policy in other countries with similar economic structures as Nigeria.
- Business and Economics
Published inInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Pages154 - 177
CitationIGUDIA, E. ...et al., 2016. Determinants of the informal economy of an emerging economy: a multiple indicator, multiple causes approach. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 28(2-3), pp. 154-177.
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
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NotesThis paper was accepted for publication in the journal International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJESB.2016.076643