In the Shadow of Public Debt: Are there Relations between Public Debt and the Shadow Economy?
The 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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Volume (Year): 42 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
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