Colin C Williams


Colin C Williams Colin C Williams is Professor of Public Policy in the Management School at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. For the past 30 years, he has been researching the issue of undeclared work and how it can be tackled. Since 2016, he has been chief expert supporting the European Commission’s European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work. From 2018, he has been chief advisor on undeclared work to the West Balkans Regional Cooperation Council. He also works extensively with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on formalising the informal economy in emerging economies.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Tackling the Undeclared Economy

Are participants in the undeclared economy rational economic actors who can be swayed by increasing the expected penalties and likelihood of detection? Or are they social actors who participate in reaction to a lack of vertical trust (in government) and horizontal trust (in others)? Evaluating a 2019 Eurobarometer survey, participation in undeclared work is weakly associated with the level of penalties, but there is a stronger, significantly greater likelihood of participation when there is a lower risk of detection and lower vertical and horizontal trust. The outcome is a call for the conventional repressive approach to be complemented with trust-building strategies.

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