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The Shadow Economy: Illicit Work and Household Production: A Microanalysis of West Germany

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  • Merz, Joachim
  • Wolff, Klaus G

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This microanalysis of the shadow economy is on informal family income achieving strategies. In particular, the authors analyze both sexes' paid illicit work as well as unpaid work in household production based on the representative West German Sfb 3-Secondary Occupation Survey 1984. They estimate the influence of various socioeconomic variables including a legal occupation. As a result, illicit work and household production 'do-it-yourself' activities are important informal family income achieving strategies. The respective regional state of the formal economy or one's own activities in social networks is of greater importance for informal economic activities than an individual income from formal economic activities. Copyright 1993 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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Article provided by International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in its journal Review of Income & Wealth.

Volume (Year): 39 (1993)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 177-94

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Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:39:y:1993:i:2:p:177-94

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  1. Ulrich Widmaier & Hiltrud Niggemann & Joachim Merz, 1994. "What makes the Difference between Unsuccessful and Successful Firms in the German Mechanical Engineering Industry?," FFB-Discussionpaper 11, Research Institute on Professions (Forschungsinstitut Freie Berufe (FFB)), LEUPHANA University Lüneburg.
  2. Joachim Merz & Eva Österbacka & Cathleen D. Zick, 2010. "Human Capital Investments in Children: A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Parent-Child Shared Time in Selected Countries," FFB-Discussionpaper 83, Research Institute on Professions (Forschungsinstitut Freie Berufe (FFB)), LEUPHANA University Lüneburg.
  3. Friedrich Schneider, 2013. "Size and Progression of the Shadow Economies of Turkey and Other OECD Countries from 2003 to 2013; Some New Facts," Ekonomi-tek - International Economics Journal, Turkish Economic Association, vol. 2(2), pages 83-116, May.
  4. John Anderson & Hendrik van den Berg, 1998. "Fiscal Decentralization and Government Size: An International Test for Leviathan Accounting for Unmeasured Economic Activity," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 5(2), pages 171-186, May.
  5. Ivan Stoykov & Paraskeva Dimitrova, 1999. "The Hidden Economy – Measurement and Influence," Economic Studies journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 1, pages 3-43.
  6. Joachim Merz, 1995. "MICSIM - Concept, Developments and Applications of a PC-Microsimulation Model for Research and Teaching," FFB-Discussionpaper 14, Research Institute on Professions (Forschungsinstitut Freie Berufe (FFB)), LEUPHANA University Lüneburg.
  7. Merz, Joachim, 1994. "Microdata Adjustment by the Minimum Information Loss Principle," MPRA Paper 7231, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Bettina Sonnenberg & Michaela Riediger & Cornelia Wrzus & Gert G. Wagner, 2011. "Measuring Time Use in Surveys: How Valid Are Time Use Questions in Surveys? Concordance of Survey and Experience Sampling Measures," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 390, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

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