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Corruption and the Shadow Economy: An Empirical Analysis

Axel Dreher and Friedrich Schneider ()

No 1653, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: This paper analyzes the influence of the shadow economy on corruption and vice versa. We hypothesize that corruption and shadow economy are substitutes in high income countries while they are complements in low income countries. The hypotheses are tested for a cross-section of 120 countries and a panel of 70 countries for the period 1994-2002. Our results show that the shadow economy reduces corruption in high income countries, but increases corruption in low income countries. We also find that stricter regulations increase both corruption and the shadow economy.

Keywords: corruption; shadow economy; regulation; tax burden (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D73 H26 O17 O50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lam, nep-pbe and nep-reg
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