Professor Schneider's Shadow Economy: What Do We Really Know? A Rejoinder
Forthcoming in the Journal of Tax Administration, (2016 Vol. 2 No.2).
22 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2016
Date Written: June 10, 2016
Professor Schneider’s “Comment” on my “Reflections” paper does not adequately address the key issues concerning the veracity of his findings, namely issues of documentation, normalization, calibration and replication. Further findings of inadequate documentation, suspicious normalization procedures, unexplained calibration errors and the inability to replicate the results; reinforces the conclusions of my original “Reflections” paper. Schneider’s Shadow Economy results suffer from conceptual flaws, arbitrary data manipulations and insufficient documentation for replication, questioning their place in the academic, policy and popular literature.
Keywords: Shadow Economy, tax evasion, non-observed economy, unobserved economy, Friedrich Schneider, MIMIC models
JEL Classification: E26, O17, H26, E41, C51, C82, K42
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