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Growth, Fiscal Policy and the Informal Sector in a Small Open Economy

Pedro, de Mendonça (2009): Growth, Fiscal Policy and the Informal Sector in a Small Open Economy.

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Abstract

We discuss the implications of informality on growth and fiscal policy by considering an informal sector based on low tech firms, in an open economy model of endogenous growth, where labour supply is elastic and increasing returns arise from public spending. We allow for both labour and capital to allocate between sectors and examine the dynamic and policy issues that arise in an economy, where long run outcomes are still dominated by formal activities, but long macroeconomic transitions arise as a result of informal microeconomic activities, which take advantage of both government taxation and limited fiscalization.

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