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Использование безусловных квантильных регрессий при оценке влияния неформальности на неравенство

In this paper, we investigate the impact of informality on earnings inequality in Russia using the RLMS – HSE data for 2000–2010. We apply decompositions based on the recentered influence functions of unconditional quantiles proposed by Fipro, Fortin and Lemieux (Fipro et al., 2009). Our results confi rm the heterogeneity of informal employment with specifi c standing of workers without permanent job. Informality increases the earnings polarization widening the both tails of the distribution. This effect, albeit small, is statistically signifi cant. Changes in structure and wage effects of informality did not have signifi cant contribution to the decline in overall earnings inequality in 2000–2010, except for a group of workers without permanent job.