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Measuring the Informal Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean

Author/Editor: Vuletin, Guillermo Javier
Authorized for Distribution: April 1, 2008
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Summary: This paper estimates the size of the informal economy for 32 mainly Latin American and Caribbean countries in the early 2000s. Using a structural equation modeling approach, we find that a stringent tax system and regulatory environment, higher inflation, and dominance of the agriculture sector are key factors in determining the size of the informal economy. The results also confirm that a higher degree of informality reduces labor unionization, the number of contributors to social security schemes, and enrollment rates in education.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 08/102
Subject(s): Latin America | Caribbean | Economic conditions | Economic models | Tax systems | Inflation | Agricultural sector | Labor unions | Social security | Education
Author's keyword(s): Informal economy | latent variable | Caribbean | Latin America
 
English  
    Published:   April 1, 2008        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2008102   Pages:   29
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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