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Impact of education on the shadow economy: Institutions matter

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  • Andreas Buehn

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    (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS))

  • Mohammad Reza Farzanegan

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    (Philipps-University of Marburg, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS), MACIE & CESifo)

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Using panel data for more than 80 countries from 1999-2007 this paper studies the marginal effect of education on the shadow economy, particularly considering the quality of institutions. The results show that higher levels of education fuel the shadow economy in an environment of weak political institutions.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 33 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 2052-2063

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00724

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Keywords: Education; Shadow economy; Institutions;

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