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Open Economics: Shadow Economy and Economics of Crime

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Prof. Friedrich Schneider, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria


This topical issue aims to gather current research on shadow economy and all economic aspects of crime and illicit activities, such as organized crime, global terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering or illegal trade. Additionally, we invite research submissions on tax evasion and informal economy.
The scope of this Topical Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following areas of research:

  • Criminal organizations, terrorism
  • Drug trafficking, gun prevalence
  • Money laundering
  • Corruption
  • Illegal trade
  • Technology and crime
  • Crime reduction policies and crime prevention
  • Tax policies and tax evasion
  • Informal economy


Shadow Economy: Estimation Methods, Problems, Results and Open questions
Schneider, Friedrich / Buehn, Andreas

Countering Terrorism: Deterrence vs More Effective Alternatives
Frey, Bruno S.

Informality: the Doorstep of the Legal System
Russo, Francesco Flaviano

The Deferral of Attacks: SP/A Theory as a Model of Terrorist Choice when Losses Are Inevitable
Phillips, Peter J. / Pohl, Gabriela