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Cash-in-hand work : the underground sector and the hidden economy of favours

Author: Colin C Williams
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstole, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
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"This book shows that throughout the advanced economies, cash-in-hand work is changing. As societies become more commodified, cash payments are becoming more common whenever people do favours for friends, neighbours and kin. The result is that cash-in-hand economies are now composed of not only an underground sector (work akin to formal employment conducted for profit-motivated purposes), but also a hidden economy  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Colin C Williams
ISBN: 1403921725 9781403921727
OCLC Number: 54670208
Description: xi, 237 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Pt. I. Examining cash-in-hand work : theory and methods --
2. Theorising cash-in-hand work --
3. Methodologies for measuring cash-in-hand work --
Pt. II. Socio-spatial variations in the nature of cash-in-hand work --
4. Employment status and cash-in-hand work --
5. Gender variations in cash-in-hand work --
6. Geographical variations in cash-in-hand work --
Pt. III. Evaluating the implications of the policy options --
7. Deterring cash-in-hand work --
8. Laissez-Faire approach --
9. Harnessing cash-in-hand work --
10. Conclusions.
Other Titles: Underground sector and the hidden economy of favours
Responsibility: Colin C. Williams.
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"This book shows that throughout the advanced economies, cash-in-hand work is changing. As societies become more commodified, cash payments are becoming more common whenever people do favours for friends, neighbours and kin. The result is that cash-in-hand economies are now composed of not only an underground sector (work akin to formal employment conducted for profit-motivated purposes), but also a hidden economy of favours more akin to mutual aid. The outcome is a call for a radical rethink of whether seeking its eradication through tougher regulations is always appropriate. Rereading both forms of cash-in-hand work as assets rather than obstacles to development, recommendations are made that harness their positive attributes and eradicate their more negative consequences."--Jacket.

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