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What is the relationship between Unofficial and Official Economy? An analysis in Latin American Countries

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  • Roberto Dell'Anno

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This paper analyzes the relationship between unofficial economy (UE) and official GDP. Through the study of the UE within an institutional comprehensive empirical framework, a positive correlation is found between unofficial and official GDP. Empirical evidence on the procyclicality of UE supports the conclusion that the two sectors are rather complements than substitutes for Latin American countries. Then UE is considered as beneficial to sustain economic growth. Suggestions for economic policy and hints for further research are also offered.

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  • Roberto Dell'Anno, 2008. "What is the relationship between Unofficial and Official Economy? An analysis in Latin American Countries," Quaderni DSEMS 23-2008, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Matematiche e Statistiche, Universita' di Foggia.
  • Handle: RePEc:ufg:qdsems:23-2008
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    1. Roberto Dell'Anno & Ferda Halicioglu, 2010. "An ARDL model of unrecorded and recorded economies in Turkey," Journal of Economic Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 37(6), pages 627-646, November.
    2. Dan Andrews & Aida Caldera Sánchez & Åsa Johansson, 2011. "Towards a Better Understanding of the Informal Economy," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 873, OECD Publishing.
    3. Buehn, Andreas & Dell'Anno, Roberto & Schneider, Friedrich, 2012. "Fiscal illusion and the shadow economy: Two sides of the same coin?," MPRA Paper 42531, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Pablo Duarte, 2017. "The relationship between GDP and the size of the informal economy: empirical evidence for Spain," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 52(4), pages 1409-1421, June.

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    Unofficial economy; Economic Development; Latin America; Institutions.;

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