Edited by Arnis Sauka, Friedrich Schneider and Colin C. Williams
Chapter 5: Informal entrepreneurship and informal entrepreneurial activity in Russia
Informal entrepreneurship and informal entrepreneurial activity are a stark reality in Russia, as in many other mid-income transitional societies. Usually, they are seen in the literature to be the result of the Soviet past and a reflection of some societal specifics of the Russian society and culture. This chapter argues that in Russia, purely informal entrepreneurship is not widespread, and that it is mostly informal entrepreneurial activity by formal enterprises and sole traders which prevails, and that this is a reaction to the circumstances and patterns of the transition itself. The chapter deals with a description of motives, forms and contexts of informal entrepreneurial activity in contemporary Russia based on the interim results (2013–14) of a longitudinal panel survey of entrepreneurs and start-ups located in Moscow; it formulates some policy recommendations.
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