The Dynamics of Moonlighting: What is Happening in the Russian Informal Economy?

BOFIT Discussion Paper No. 5/2001

Paper presented at the International Conference on Transition Economics, Portoroz Slovenia 23-26 June 2001

36 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2001

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Alessandra Guariglia

University of Kent, Canterbury

Byung-Yeon Kim

Sogang University - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2001

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.

JEL Classification: J22, J24, O17, P20

Suggested Citation

Guariglia, Alessandra and Kim, Byung-Yeon, The Dynamics of Moonlighting: What is Happening in the Russian Informal Economy? (June 2001). BOFIT Discussion Paper No. 5/2001, Paper presented at the International Conference on Transition Economics, Portoroz Slovenia 23-26 June 2001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=279648 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.279648

Alessandra Guariglia

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Sogang University - Department of Economics ( email )

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