In the Shadow of Public Debt: Are there Relations between Public Debt and the Shadow Economy?
AbstractThe question of this paper is whether there is a relation between the size of the shadow economy, the inflation tax and the debt-to-GDP ratio. This relationship is relevant for an understanding of sovereign debt crisis in a currency union due to the loss of a national inflation tax and due to tax evasion as a consequence of sizeable shadow economies. In this paper, empirical evidence is presented for the effect of the size of the shadow economy on the debt-to-GDP ratio as well as for the debt-increasing effect of the start of the European Monetary Union in 1999.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).
Volume (Year): 42 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
public debt; shadow economy; inflation tax; EMU;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- H63 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Debt; Debt Management; Sovereign Debt
- H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion
- O17 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
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