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Informal Opportunity among SMEs: an Empirical Study of Denmark’s Underground Economy
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (2013)
  • Shahamak Rezaei, Roskilde University
  • Marco Goli
  • Leo Paul Dana
Abstract

Based on interviews with (legal and illegal) immigrants to Denmark, meetings with stakeholders and with experts in the field, this article addresses issues regarding the underground economy. Our findings show that, in Denmark, the existence of an underground economy makes it possible for semi-compliant and non-compliant immigrants to make a living. We suggest that the underground economy in Denmark will continue to provide networks of illegal residents with opportunities for informal economic activities as trust allows entrepreneurs to function below the radar, by owning enterprises registered using the names of people who are legally in this country.

Keywords
  • Opportunity; informal economy; immigrant networks; Denmark; trust.
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Shahamak Rezaei, Marco Goli and Leo Paul Dana. "Informal Opportunity among SMEs: an Empirical Study of Denmark’s Underground Economy" International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Vol. 19 Iss. 1 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dana/12/