Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73259
Authors: 
Sookram, Sandra
Schneider, Friedrich G.
Watson, Patrick Kent
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University of Linz 0605
Abstract: 
Using the case study of Trinidad and Tobago we investigate for an emerging economy the socioeconomic, demographic, and attitudinal characteristics that influence the propensity of individuals in the household sector to participate in the hidden economy and their perception of the risk of detection by tax authorities in doing so. To this end we analyze data gathered from a unique cross-sectional field survey covering 570 households. Our econometric results using multinomial logit and ordered probit models suggest that individual household members are motivated to undertake hidden economic activity because they believe taxes are too high, their incomes are too low, they have dependents to support, and they believe that the resulting tax evasion will go undetected.
Subjects: 
hidden economy
multinomial logit and ordered probit models
emerging economies
JEL: 
C25
C51
E26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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