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Die volkswirtschaftliche Bedeutung von Schwarzarbeit

In: List Forum Band 33


  • Gerhard Graf


Shadow economies are widely discussed in German public policy as they are accused to be of large size and to entail thereby sizeable losses of taxes and social security payments. These ef¬fects, however, need to be scrutinised. After a definition of shadow economies and a descrip¬tion of neighbouring phenomena not only the supposedly large size is rejected but also the losses of government income are shown not to materialize. After all, shadow economies in Germany seem to be of minor importance. Some of the re-maining influences, foremost in the realm of allocation, are presented. (Original text only available in german language)

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  • Gerhard Graf, 2007. "Die volkswirtschaftliche Bedeutung von Schwarzarbeit," List Forum Chapter, in: List Gesellschaft e.V. (ed.),List Forum Band 33, edition 1, volume 2, chapter 6, pages 106-128, List Gesellschaft e.V..
  • Handle: RePEc:lst:lfchap:33-06

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    1. Gerhard Graf, 2011. "Some stylised facts about cash and black economies in Germany," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 32(1), pages 51-67, August.
    2. Michael Pickhardt & Jordi Sarda, 2011. "The size of the underground economy in Germany: a correction of the record and new evidence from the modified-cash-deposit-ratio approach," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 32(1), pages 143-163, August.
    3. Dominik H. Enste, 2011. "Who is Working Illicitly and Why? Insights from Representative Survey Data in Germany," Chapters, in: Friedrich Schneider (ed.),Handbook on the Shadow Economy, chapter 9, Edward Elgar Publishing.

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