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The Impact of Banking Development on the Size of the Shadow Economy

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  • Niloy Bose

    (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin)

  • Salvatore Capasso

    () (Department of Economics, University of Naples 'Parthenope', and CSEF)

  • Martin Wurm

    (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin)

Abstract

This paper employs data on 119 countries for the period 1999/2000 to 2004/2005 to examine the impact of banking development on the size of shadow economies. The main results indicate that an improvement in the development of the banking sector is associated with a smaller shadow economy in a wide cross-section of countries. In addition, both depth and efficiency of the banking sector matter equally in reducing the size of a shadow economy. These stylized results are robust under a variety of specifications and controls for simultaneity bias.

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  • Niloy Bose & Salvatore Capasso & Martin Wurm, 2008. "The Impact of Banking Development on the Size of the Shadow Economy," CSEF Working Papers 207, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
  • Handle: RePEc:sef:csefwp:207
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    Cited by:

    1. Catalina Granda Carvajal, 2015. "Informality and macroeconomic volatility: do credit constraints matter?," Journal of Economic Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 42(6), pages 1095-1111, November.
    2. Nicoletta Batini & Paul Levine & Emanuela Lotti & Bo Yang, 2011. "Informality, Frictions and Monetary Policy," School of Economics Discussion Papers 0711, School of Economics, University of Surrey.
    3. Blackburn, Keith & Bose, Niloy & Capasso, Salvatore, 2012. "Tax evasion, the underground economy and financial development," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 83(2), pages 243-253.
    4. Imamoglu, Hatice, 2017. "Estimating the roles of financial sector development and international trade openness in underground economies: Evidence from the European Union," Economics Discussion Papers 2017-50, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    5. Salvatore Capasso & Stefano Monferrà & Gabriele Sampagnaro, 2015. "The Shadow Economy and Banks’ Lending Technology," CSEF Working Papers 422, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
    6. Yilmaz Bayar & Omer Faruk Ozturk, 2016. "Financial Development and Shadow Economy in European Union Transition Economies," Managing Global Transitions, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, vol. 14(2 (Summer), pages 157-173.

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    Keywords

    Shadow Economy; Banking Development.;

    JEL classification:

    • H - Public Economics
    • G - Financial Economics

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