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Title

Is the shadow economy a bane or boon for economic growth?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Department/School

Economics

Publication Title

Review of Development Economics

Abstract

This paper uses the theoretical framework developed by Feder (1983) and Ram (1986) to examine interactions (i.e. externalities and intersectoral factor productivity differentials) between the official and unofficial sectors of the economy. Results from the empirical analysis, using data on over 100 countries from 1970 to 2008, suggest that the marginal externality effect of growth in the unofficial sector on the official sector is positive. Further, input productivities are higher in the unofficial sector relative to the official sector. These results are robust using alternate measures of the (unobserved) unofficial economy and across level of development.

Link to Published Version

10.1111/rode.12332

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