BOFIT Discussion Papers, Institute for Economies in Transition, Bank of Finland
The Dynamics of Moonlighting: What is happening in the Russian informal economy?
() and Byung-Yeon Kim
Abstract: This paper uses rounds 5 to 8 of the Russian Longitudinal
Monitoring Survey (RLMS) to analyse the dynamics of moonlighting of
working-age population. We find that moonlighting is transitory, and is
generally associated with career shifts. Those respondents who expressed a
desire to switch jobs in the past are in fact more likely to moonlight in
the present, and to effectively switch jobs in the future. The career
shifts tend to be towards self-employed activities. These results imply
that the Russian secondary labour market, as part of the informal economy,
can provide long-term benefits for the economy as an effective incubator
for setting up new self-employed businesses.
Keywords: moonlighting; informal economy; labour supply; (follow links to similar papers)
36 pages, July 5, 2001
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