The Shadow Economy: An International Survey

The Shadow Economy: An International Survey

by Friedrich Schneider, Dominik H. Enste
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521814081

ISBN-13: 9780521814089

Pub. Date: 03/17/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Illicit work, social security fraud, economic crime, and other shadow economy activities are fast becoming an international problem. Friedrich Schneider and Dominik H. Enste use currency demand, physical input (electricity) method, and the model approach, to estimate the size of the shadow economy in seventy-six developing, transition, and OECD countries. They argue…  See more details below

Overview

Illicit work, social security fraud, economic crime, and other shadow economy activities are fast becoming an international problem. Friedrich Schneider and Dominik H. Enste use currency demand, physical input (electricity) method, and the model approach, to estimate the size of the shadow economy in seventy-six developing, transition, and OECD countries. They argue that during the 1990s the average size of a shadow economy varied from 12% of GDP for OECD, to 23% for transition, and to 39% for developing countries. They examine the causes and consequences of this development using an integrated approach explaining deviant behaviour, which combines the findings of economic, sociological, and psychological research. The authors suggest that increasing taxation, social security contributions, rising state regulatory activities, and the decline of the tax morale, are all driving forces behind this growth, especially in OECD countries. They propose a reform of state (public) institutions, in order to improve the dynamics of the official economy.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521814089
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/17/2003
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Foreword
1The shadow economy: a challenge for economic and social policy1
2Defining the shadow economy6
3Methods to estimate the size of the shadow economy15
4Size of shadow economies around the world29
5The size of the shadow economy labour force43
6An integrated approach to explain deviant behaviour54
7Analysing the causes and measures of economic policy102
8Effects of the increasing shadow economy155
9The 'two-pillar strategy'178
10Conclusion and outlook190
List of references194
Index215

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >