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Using Personal Car Register for Measuring Economic Inequality in Countries with a Large Share of Shadow Economy

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  • Vyacheslav Dombrovsky
  • Konstantin A. Kholodilin
  • Boriss Siliverstovs

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We suggest to use information from the state register of personal cars as an alternative indicator of economic inequality in countries with a large share of shadow economy. We illustrate our approach using the Latvian pool of personal cars. Our main finding is that the extent of household economic inequality in Latvia is much larger than officially assumed. The latest officially available estimate of the Gini coefficient is 0.36 for 2005, which is much lower than 0.55 for 2009 reported in our paper.

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  • Vyacheslav Dombrovsky & Konstantin A. Kholodilin & Boriss Siliverstovs, 2011. "Using Personal Car Register for Measuring Economic Inequality in Countries with a Large Share of Shadow Economy," KOF Working papers 11-287, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
  • Handle: RePEc:kof:wpskof:11-287
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    1. Braguinsky, Serguey & Mityakov, Sergey, 2015. "Foreign corporations and the culture of transparency: Evidence from Russian administrative data," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 117(1), pages 139-164.

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