Stefan D. Haigner


Stefan D. HaignerStefan D. Haigner studied economics at the University of Innsbruck. Doctorate in 2006 in the field of experimental economics. For more than 15 years he has lecturered at universities and colleges in the field of economics, mathematics, statistics and econometrics.

Papers Published in World Economics:

A Comparison of Different Methods of Estimating the Size of the Shadow Economy

This paper describes and criticizes the MIMIC estimation method due to a double counting problem; a correction is suggested. The measurement methods used for National Accounts Statistics are discussed – the discrepancy method and two new micro survey methods – are described and a third, a micro method, using a combination of company manager surveys and their knowledge to calibrate the size of the shadow economy in firms, is presented. A detailed comparison of the four micro estimation methods with the MIMIC and the corrected MIMIC method are offered. One major result is that the corrected MIMIC method, especially, comes quite close to various types of lately developed micro survey methods.

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