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Title:Shadow economy, tax morale, governance and institutional quality: a panel analysis PDF Logo
Authors:Torgler, Benno
Schneider, Friedrich G.
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 1923
Abstract:This paper analyses how governance or institutional quality and tax morale affect the shadow economy, using an international country panel and also within country data. The literature strongly emphasizes the quantitative importance of these factors to understand the level and changes of shadow economy. However, the limited number of investigations use crosssectional country data with a relatively small number of observations, and hardly any paper has investigated tax morale and provides evidence using within country data. Using more than 25 proxies that measure governance and institutional quality we find strong support that its increase leads to a smaller shadow economy. Moreover, an increase in tax morale reduces the size of the shadow economy.
Subjects:shadow economy
tax morale
governance quality
government intervention
corruption
JEL:D73
D78
H2
H26
O17
O5
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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