Seminar "Informal employment and subjective social status: the case of Russia" presented by Anna Zudina
Anna Zudina (Center for Labor Market Studies at Higher School of Economics) presented her research on the subjective social status of informal employees.
Numerous studies of informal employment were focused on its possible impact on the income of informal workers. However consequences of informal employment for socioeconomic position of workers and social inequality in general couldn’t be reduced to the monetary changes. This article presents the results of the empirical study of the subjective social status of informal workers in Russia in 2000–2010. The study was carried out on the basis of a large nationally representative panel: the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey of the Higher School of Economics (RLMS – HSE) for 2000–2010. Dynamics in average subjective social status of different categories of informal employment is investigated and compared to the formal employment, unemployment and economically inactive state. Special attention is paid to the analysis of informal employment as a factor of subjective social status estimates using different econometric techniques.
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