From Shadow to Formal Economy: Levelling the Playing Field in the Single Market

14-06-2013

The size of the shadow economy in the EU in 2012 is estimated at approximately EUR 235 trillion. The shadow economy represents a threat to the Single Market, leads to substantial budgetary difficulties and puts considerable pressure on legitimate businesses, and in the longer run, limiting the potential growth of the formal economy. A substantial reduction of the size of the shadow economy would ensure that consumers, businesses in the formal economy, and employees are better protected and improve the level playing field on the Single Market, and could raise up to EUR 285 billion in additional revenues annually.

The size of the shadow economy in the EU in 2012 is estimated at approximately EUR 235 trillion. The shadow economy represents a threat to the Single Market, leads to substantial budgetary difficulties and puts considerable pressure on legitimate businesses, and in the longer run, limiting the potential growth of the formal economy. A substantial reduction of the size of the shadow economy would ensure that consumers, businesses in the formal economy, and employees are better protected and improve the level playing field on the Single Market, and could raise up to EUR 285 billion in additional revenues annually.

Ulkopuolinen laatija

Patrice Muller (Project Director, London Economics), Gavan Conlon (London Economics), Mark Lewis (London Economics), Iris Mantovani (London Economics)