[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this paper we review theoretical perspectives on the informal economy that developed during the period 1958–1992. We describe
shifts in thinking in two phases that we identify as ‘first wave studies’ and ‘second wave studies,’ and we identify a series
of critical theoretical issues that emerged from the thinking during these periods. Then, focusing on the state of Michigan,
USA, we examine empirical research that was conducted in the second wave and compare the results with a state survey that
we conducted in 2005. The overall aim of this paper is to summarize the extent of theoretical and empirical studies of informal
economy before the more recent postmodern informed analysis of the 1990s, and to document shifts in patterns of informal economic
activity as this is revealed from the research. We conclude with a discussion of theoretical and empirical questions that
have begun to be addressed in the last 15years of what has now been 50years of research on this topic.
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