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Professor Schneider's Shadow Economy:What do we really know? A Rejoinder

Feige, Edgar L. (2016): Professor Schneider's Shadow Economy:What do we really know? A Rejoinder. Forthcoming in: Journal of Tax Administration , Vol. 2, No. 2 (June 2016)

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Abstract: Professor Schneider’s “Comment” on my “Reflections” paper does not adequately address the key issues concerning the veracity of his findings, namely issues of documentation, normalization, calibration and replication. Further findings of inadequate documentation, suspicious normalization procedures, unexplained calibration errors and the inability to replicate the results; reinforces the conclusions of my original “Reflections” paper. Schneider’s Shadow Economy results suffer from conceptual flaws, arbitrary data manipulations and insufficient documentation for replication, questioning their place in the academic, policy and popular literature.

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