A global perspective on the non-observed economy, inequality, corruption, and social capital

Abstract

Relationships are studied between the non-observed economy, income inequality, corruption, social capital measured as trust, and various institutional quality, policy, and macroeconomic variables for a global data set of countries for two time periods accounting for social interactions. Tentative support is found for positive relations between the non-observed economy and income inequality, the non-observed economy and corruption, and a negative relation between corruption and trust. No significant relation was found between the nonobserved economy and tax rates, contrasting with previous studies finding significant relations of opposite signs. Data difficulties and weak robustness tests suggest limits to our results.

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