The Shadow Economy and Shadow Economy Labor Force: What Do We (Not) Know?

68 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2011

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Friedrich Schneider

Johannes Kepler University Linz - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract

In this paper the main focus lies on the development and the size of the shadow economy and of undeclared work (or shadow economy labor force) in OECD, developing and transition countries. Besides informal employment in the rural and non-rural sector also other measures of informal employment like the share of employees not covered by social security, own account workers or unpaid family workers are shown. The most influential factors on the shadow economy and/or shadow labor force are tax policies and state regulation, which, if they rise, increase both. Furthermore the discussion of the recent literature underlines that economic opportunities, the overall situation on the labor market, and unemployment are crucial for an understanding of the dynamics of the shadow economy and especially the shadow labor force.

Keywords: shadow economy, undeclared work, shadow labor force, tax morale, tax pressure, state regulation

JEL Classification: K42, H26, D78

Suggested Citation

Schneider, Friedrich G., The Shadow Economy and Shadow Economy Labor Force: What Do We (Not) Know?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5769. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1867038

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