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Title:The Devil is in the Shadow Do institutions affect income and productivity or only official income and official productivity PDF Logo
Authors:Dreher, Axel
Méon, Pierre-Guillaume
Schneider, Friedrich G.
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Zürich 2008 11
Abstract:This paper assesses the relationship between institutions, output, and productivity, when official output is corrected for the size of the shadow economy. Our results confirm the usual positive impact of institutional quality on official output and total factor productivity, and its negative impact on the size of the underground economy. However, once output is corrected for the shadow economy, the relationship between institutions and output becomes weaker. The impact of institutions on total (“corrected”) factor productivity even becomes insignificant. Differences in corrected output must then be attributed to differences in factor endowments. These results survive several tests for robustness.
Subjects:shadow economy
income
aggregate productivity
development accounting
JEL:O11
O17
O47
O5
Document Type:Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, 2008 (Zürich)

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