Cash-in-Hand Work

The Underground Sector and The Hidden Economy of Favours

  • Colin C. Williams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

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  3. Examining Cash-in-hand Work: Theory and Methods

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  4. Socio-spatial Variations in the Nature of Cash-in-hand Work

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  5. Evaluating the Implications of the Policy Options

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-237

About this book


Uncovering how cash-in-hand economies are composed of not only the underground sector (work akin to formal employment conducted for profit-motivated purposes), but also a hidden economy of favours more akin to mutual aid, this book displays the need to transcend conventional market-oriented readings of cash-in-hand work and radically rethink whether seeking its eradication through tougher regulations is always appropriate. It argues for a variegated policy approach that recognizes these two distinct forms of cash-in-hand work and which tailors policy accordingly.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Colin C. Williams
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  1. 1.University of LeicesterEngland

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