Corruption and the Shadow Economy: One‐Way or Two‐Way Street?

21 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2018

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Aziz Berdiev

Bryant University - Department of Economics

Rajeev K. Goel

Illinois State University - Department of Economics

James W. Saunoris

Eastern Michigan University

Date Written: November 2018

Abstract

This paper attempts to bring some resolution to the relation between corruption and the shadow economy. While previous research focuses on the static relationship between the two, we account for dynamics using a panel vector autoregression model and consider influences from the official economy and institutional quality. Using cross‐national panel data for 108 countries over the period 1984-2006, results show a bidirectional relationship with initial complementarity, and substitution over time. Thus, the nature of the two‐way street is shown to change over time and our consideration of dynamics reveals the complementarity–substitution switch.

Keywords: bureaucratic quality, corruption, panel vector autoregression, shadow economy

Suggested Citation

Berdiev, Aziz and Goel, Rajeev K. and Saunoris, James W., Corruption and the Shadow Economy: One‐Way or Two‐Way Street? (November 2018). The World Economy, Vol. 41, Issue 11, pp. 3221-3241, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3285402 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/twec.12661

Aziz Berdiev (Contact Author)

Bryant University - Department of Economics ( email )

RI
United States

Rajeev K. Goel

Illinois State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

James W. Saunoris

Eastern Michigan University ( email )

Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
United States

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