The Informal Economy

An International Symposium on “The Issue of the Informal Economy in Developing Countries: Causes, Methods of Measurement, Challenges, Policies”
as part of the 
13th Annual International Conference on Global Studies:
Business, Economic, Social and Cultural Aspects
19-22 December 2019, Athens, Greece

ATINER is organizing an International Symposium on “The Issue of the Informal Economy in Developing Countries: Causes, Methods of Measurement, Challenges, Policies”, 19-22 December 2019, Athens, Greece as part of the 13th Annual International Conference on Global Studies: Business, Economic, Political, Social and Cultural Aspects.

The international symposium on “The Issue of the Informal Economy in Developing Countries: Causes, Methods of Measurement, Challenges, Policies” addresses the role of the informal economy in developing countries. The informal economy is one of the key issues of today’s world economy. When considering the developing countries, it characterises both the economic and social structure of these countries. There is a recognition that the informal economy plays a significant role and the permanent characteristics of the developing economies, not only being survival activities but also creating entrepreneurship potential (Todaro, 2000; Williams et al. 2017). The aim of this symposium is to bring research together that addresses how the informal economy plays a role in the developing countries, its magnitude, challenges in measuring the informal economy, the main causes and what can be done to address the informal economy. To date, measuring the informal economy is a challenge and there is no superior method (Medina and Schneider, 2018). The informal economy is an interesting research topic, but it can be quite complicated due to its unknown nature. The informal economy, therefore, deserves greater attention for deeper understanding to formulate and design relevant policies.You may participate as presenter of one paper or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, an Athens educational walking tour and one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 11 November 2019 to: Dr. Neslihan Kahyalar, Academic Member, ATINER & Lecturer, De Montfort University, UK. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (

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