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  • 27 b/w illus. 28 tables
  • Page extent: 238 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.52 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 330
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: HD2341 .S363 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Informal sector (Economics)
    • Business enterprises--Corrupt practices
    • Commercial crimes
    • Tax evasion
    • Illegal aliens

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521814089 | ISBN-10: 0521814081)

  • There was also a Paperback of this title but it is no longer available | Adobe eBook
  • Published March 2003

Replaced by 9781107034846


Illicit work, social security fraud, illegal employment, economic crime and other examples of shadow economy activities are becoming an ever increasing problem in countries around the world. Most governments try to reduce the shadow economy through punitive measures or through education, rather than through reforms of the tax and social security systems. Friedrich Schneider and Dominik H. Enste suggest a reform of state (public) institutions, which could improve the dynamics of the official economy.


List of figures; List of tables; Foreword Vito Tanzi; 1. The shadow economy: a challenge for economic and social policy; 2. Defining the shadow economy; 3. Methods to estimate the size of the shadow economy; 4. Size of shadow economies around the world; 5. The size of the shadow economy labour force; 6. An integrated approach to explain deviant behaviour; 7. Analysing the causes and measures of economic policy; 8. Effects of the increasing shadow economy; 9. The 'two-pillar strategy'; 10. Conclusion and outlook; List of references; Index.


"Friedrich Schneider and Dominik Enste's book would be an excellent addition to the reference library of anyone who is interested in taxpayer compliance and the underground economy. ...a 'must read' for both policymakers and tax researchers."
The Journal of the American Taxation Association

"This book ... seeks to be the definitive work on this increasing global phenomenon ... [it] provide[s] excellent coverage of most of the theoretical, empirical, and policy issues associated with it ... a truly international survey."
Review of Political Economy

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