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Shadow Economy, Tax Morale, Governance and Institutional Quality: A Panel Analysis

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  • Benno Torgler
  • Friedrich Schneider

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This paper analyses how governance or institutional quality and tax morale affect the shadow economy, using an international country panel and also within country data. The literature strongly emphasizes the quantitative importance of these factors to understand the level and changes of shadow economy. However, the limited number of investigations use cross-sectional country data with a relatively small number of observations, and hardly any paper has investigated tax morale and provides evidence using within country data. Using more than 25 proxies that measure governance and institutional quality we find strong support that its increase leads to a smaller shadow economy. Moreover, an increase in tax morale reduces the size of the shadow economy.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1923.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1923

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Keywords: shadow economy; tax morale; governance quality; government intervention; corruption;

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