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Digitalization and the Shadow Economy: Impact Assessment and Policy Implications for EU Countries

Iustina Alina Boitan and Sorina Emanuela Ștefoni

Eastern European Economics, 2023, vol. 61, issue 2, 152-180

Abstract: This paper examines whether the digital transformation, proxied, by large-scale adoption and use of digital technologies, as well as ongoing improvements in the quality of ICT technologies, is leads into lowering the size of the informal economy. Our contribution to the literature is both empirical and practical, by considering a broad and novel range of indicators that are related to three components of the Digital Compass. Using a panel regression framework, findings indicate that the impact of digital technologies on the size of shadow economy is transmitted through both the usage and quality channels.

Date: 2023
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DOI: 10.1080/00128775.2022.2102508

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