Social capital and the shadow economy

Evans, Melvyn ORCID logoORCID: (2016) Social capital and the shadow economy. Journal of Economic Issues, 50 (1) . pp. 43-58. ISSN 0021-3624 [Article] (doi:10.1080/00213624.2016.1147304)

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Viewed in a wider context of paid and unpaid informal economic activities, the shadow economy highlights the little recognized ambivalence of social capital as both potentially positive and negative in outcomes for different groups in the economy. Using a concept of social capital as access to durable networks of actual and virtual resources, as claimed by Pierre Bourdieu, I examine the shadow economy as a source of both resilience and repression, intimately connected to the formal economy and tied to a neo-liberal agenda. I draw from review activities I have previously conducted on the informal economy in disadvantaged neighborhoods and from research on social capital in the economy in a European context.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Symposium on Social Capital
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Social Policy Research Centre
Item ID: 18216
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Economic Issues on 02/01/2016 available online:
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Depositing User: Melvyn Evans
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2015 10:37
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 22:09

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