Ioana Horodnic


Ioana HorodnicIoana Horodnic is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi in Romania. She recently completed a Marie Curie Fellowship, held at the University of Sheffield, evaluating policy approaches for tackling undeclared work in the European Union. Her research interests are the informal economy, social marketing and quantitative analysis.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Tackling the Undeclared Economy

Are participants in the undeclared economy rational economic actors who can be swayed by increasing the expected penalties and likelihood of detection? Or are they social actors who participate in reaction to a lack of vertical trust (in government) and horizontal trust (in others)? Evaluating a 2019 Eurobarometer survey, participation in undeclared work is weakly associated with the level of penalties, but there is a stronger, significantly greater likelihood of participation when there is a lower risk of detection and lower vertical and horizontal trust. The outcome is a call for the conventional repressive approach to be complemented with trust-building strategies.

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