Shadow economy index for the Baltic countries 2009 and 2010

This index is writren by Arnis Sauka and Tālis Putniņš and should primarily be seen as a tool to promote a discussion on the size and role of the shadow economy and to provide a metric which could be used to measure the degree of success in terms of fighting the shadow economy.

The aim of the SSE Riga “Shadow Economy Index” for the Baltic countries is to measure the size of the shadow economies in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as to explore the main factors that influence participation in the shadow economy. The index is estimated in cooperation with the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (www.ecsb.org) and is intended to be published annually to provide policy makers with information for making justified policy decisions, as well as to foster a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship processes in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Dr. Arnis Sauka is an Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.
Dr. Tālis Putniņš is an Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and Research Associate at the Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies.

Shadow economy index

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