Market Motives in the Informal Economy

  • James D. Smith
Part of the Studies in Contemporary Economics book series (CONTEMPORARY, volume 15)


This paper presents estimates of the size of the informal economy in the United States and examines the motives individuals have for dealing in the informal economy.

The research reported used survey research techniques to measure the value of goods and services purchased from informal vendors over a one-year period. Respondents were also asked about their motives for purchasing from informal vendors and a limited amount about their own role as an informal vendor.


Shadow Economy Informal Economy Underground Economy Internal Revenue Service National Probability Sample 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • James D. Smith
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  1. 1.The University of MichiganUSA

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