Informal Economy in Albania
Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, MCSER Publishing, Rome-Italy, Vol 2 No 8, 2013
10 Pages Posted: 9 May 2014
Date Written: October , 2013
The main purpose of this paper is to assess the size of the informal sector of the economy in Albania by using indirect approaches: national accounts discrepancies, simple currency ratio, electrical energy consumption and some evidence by the labor market developments. A few studies have attempted to estimate the size of the informal economy in Albania in the previous years and there’s no evidence of recent estimates of informality (at least they are not publicly available), especially after 2007. Also, there are some other available studies which give some point assessments of informality in Albania but without information on its development over time. Using indirect measurement approaches we found that informality still accounts for a large share to GDP, but, differently from findings in other studies we found lower figures. This may be the result of vast reforms and a formalization process undertaken by the Albanian governments over time. Despite these results, it’s important to highlight the fact that the average ratio of the informal sector of the economy to GDP presents a declining trend over the period 1996-2012.
Keywords: Albania, informal economy, indirect approaches, economic development.
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