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Corruption and the Shadow Economy: A Structural Equation Model Approach

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  • Buehn, Andreas

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    (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS))

  • Schneider, Friedrich

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    (University of Linz)

The relationship between corruption and the shadow economy is not clear. Theoretically, they either substitute or complement each other – exhibiting either a negative or positive relationship. This paper – using a structural equation model with two latent variables – extracts information on various dimensions of corruption and the shadow economy to contribute to the debate on their relationship. It presents empirical evidence of a positive relationship between the shadow economy and corruption. The results show that the shadow economy influences corruption more than corruption influences the shadow economy.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: May 2009
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4182
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