Tackling undeclared work in the European Union

Start date: 
Wed, 15/05/2013
Closing date: 
Wed, 15/05/2013
Cantor Building, Room 9206 (4 pm)
Event contact: 
Dr Tony Gore

Colin Williams - University of Sheffield


The economic crisis has meant that governments throughout the western world have sought to close the tax gap between the taxes actually received and taxes owed. A key aspect of their strategy to achieve this has been to reduce the size of the undeclared economy. This paper will review recent findings on the extent and nature of undeclared work in the European Union along with a critical evaluation of the different approaches being used to deal with it within European Union member states. 


Colin C Williams is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Inter-disciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS) at the University of Sheffield. In recent years, he has helped design a 27-nation Eurobarometer survey of undeclared work, produced a 'knowledge-bank' of best-practice policy measures and designed a European platform for fighting undeclared work which is now the subject of European Parliament legislation. He also chairs the cross-government Hidden Economy National Committee. His recent books include The Shadow Economy (2013, Institute of Economic Affairs), Informal Work in Developed Nations (2010, Routledge), Rethinking the Future of Work: directions and visions (2007, Palgrave Macmillan), The Hidden Enterprise Culture (2006, Edward Elgar), A Commodified World? mapping the limits of capitalism (2005, Zed) and Cash-in-Hand Work (2004, Palgrave Macmillan).

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