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Money laundering in a two sector model: using theory for measurement

This paper implements a methodology that exploits firms and households’ optimality conditions to measure money laundering for the Italian economy. This approach, first implemented by Ingram, Kocherlakota, and Savin (1997) to the household production sector, and by Busato, Chiarini and Di Maro (2006) for measuring the underground economy, allows to generate high frequency series for the money laundering using a theoretical two-sector dynamic general equilibrium model calibrated over the sample 1981:01-2001:04. The analysis of the generated series suggests two main results. First, money laundering accounts for approximately 12 percent of aggregate GDP; second, money laundering is more volatile than aggregate GDP, and it is negatively correlated with it.

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Paper provided by Tor Vergata University, CEIS in its series CEIS Research Paper with number 128.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 09 Sep 2008
Date of revision: 09 Sep 2008
Handle: RePEc:rtv:ceisrp:128
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