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The Shadow Economy in NorwayDemand for Currency Approach

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  • Isilda Shima

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The main purpose of this study is to measure the level of the shadow economy in Norway following the demand for currency approach. The question analyzed is how well does this approach capture the level of shadow economy in the face of a decreasing level of currency in circulation and an increasing use of electronic payment system. In this study, a decreasing level of the shadow economy in Norway is found since mid-1990s, starting with 8.8% of the shadow economy relative to GDP in 1991, up to 10.2% in 1995 and thereafter declining to a level of 5.6% of GDP in 2002. The explanation for the decline of the level of shadow economy relative to GDP could be a decreasing demand for currency for transaction going along with an increase of electronic payment instruments. Also, in Norway, a broad tax reform was implemented in 1992 with the purpose of reducing tax-induced distortions by lowering the tax rates and broadening the tax base. One of the main causes of shadow economy is considered to be the burden of direct and indirect tax to the individuals, but the complexity of the tax system is also an important factor that may have an impact on the level of shadow economy.

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Article provided by IUP Publications in its journal The IUP Journal of Monetary Economics.

Volume (Year): III (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 61 - 78

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Handle: RePEc:icf:icfjmo:v:03:y:2005:i:1:p:61-78

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  1. Isilda Mara & Edlira Narazani, 2011. "The Effects of Flat Tax on Inequality and Informal Employment: The Case of Albania," wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Papers, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw 94, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
  2. James Alm & Abel Embaye, 2013. "Using Dynamic Panel Methods to Estimate Shadow Economies Around the World, 1984-2006," Working Papers, Tulane University, Department of Economics 1303, Tulane University, Department of Economics.
  3. Macias, Jose Brambila & Cazzavillan, Guido, 2009. "The dynamics of parallel economies. Measuring the informal sector in Mexico," Research in Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 63(3), pages 189-199, September.
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  5. Stanisław Cichocki, 2008. "Shadow economy and its relations with tax system and state budget in Poland 1995 - 2007," Working Papers 2008-05, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.

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