Casting a Long Shadow? Cross-Border Spillovers of Shadow Economy Across American States

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This article examines the determinants of the shadow economy across American states, with emphasis on cross-border spillover effects. Results show positive spillovers of shadow activities across state borders with different specifications. In other effects, greater unionization in a state induces businesses to go underground, while states without a sales tax had a smaller shadow economy, ceteris paribus. Greater state product checked shadow growth, with military and nonmilitary state products having opposite effects. Finally, states bordering Canada and Mexico had different flows from the shadow sector.


This article was originally published as Rajeev K. Goel & James W. Saunoris, 2016. "Casting a Long Shadow? Cross-border Spillovers of Shadow Economy across American States," Public Finance Review, vol. 44(5), pages 610-634, September.