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Determinants of Trade Misinvoicing


  • Ajay Shah


  • Abhijit Sen Gupta


  • Ila Patnaik



Traditional explanations for trade misinvoicing -- high custom duties and weak domestic economies — are less persuasive in a world of high growth emerging markets who have low trade barriers. A 35- country data set over a 26 year span, covering both industrialised and developing countries, to study the phenomena of export and import misinvoicing is costructed. Capital account openness, differentials in interest rates, political stability, corruption, indebtedness and the exchange rate regime are identified as factors related to misinvoicing. Trade misinvoicing should be seen as one element of de facto capital account openness. [Working Paper No. 2010-75].

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  • Ajay Shah & Abhijit Sen Gupta & Ila Patnaik, 2010. "Determinants of Trade Misinvoicing," Working Papers id:3199, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:3199
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    1. Derek Kellenberg & Arik Levinson, 2016. "Misreporting Trade: Tariff Evasion, Corruption, and Auditing Standards," NBER Working Papers 22593, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Tandon, Suranjali & Rao, R. Kavita, 2017. "Trade Misinvoicing: What can we Measure?," Working Papers 17/200, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.
    3. Qureshi, Tehseen Ahmed & Mahmood, Zafar, 2015. "The Size of Trade Misinvoicing in Pakistan," MPRA Paper 65801, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Tehseen Ahmed Qureshi & Zafar Mahmood, 2016. "The Magnitude of Trade Misinvoicing and Resulting Revenue Loss in Pakistan," Lahore Journal of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, vol. 21(2), pages 1-30, July-Dec.
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    invoicing; custom duties; domestic economies; emerging markets; trade barriers; industrialised; developing countries; capital account; interest rate; political stability; corruption; excahnge rate;

    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies

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