Many highly developed Western welfare states witness recurrent concern about social security recipients who earn a bit on the side in the informal economy. Research has recently been conducted on this in the Netherlands. Interviewers rang the bells of the unemployed, social security recipients and the disabled to ask whether they ever broke the rules. The results were striking.

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