Cologne Institute for Economic Research and Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor, Behavioral Economics and Business Ethics, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany (2013–); Senior economist, Cologne Institute for Economic Research, Germany (2003–)
Economics, behavioral economics, business ethics
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Managing Director IW Academy Cologne (2012–), Germany
Lecturer, University of Cologne, Germany
PhD, Economics, Sociology and Economic Psychology, University of Cologne, 2001
“Shadow economies: Size, causes, and consequences.” Journal of Economic Literature 38:1 (2000): 77–114 (with F. Schneider).
The Shadow Economy: An international Survey. 2nd edition. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013 (with F. Schneider).
Markt und Moral: Eine ordnungsethische Reflexion. Cologne: IW Cologne, 2015.
The shadow economy in industrial countries Updated
Reducing the size of the shadow economy requires reducing its attractiveness while improving official institutionsDominik H. Enste, November 2018The shadow (underground) economy plays a major role in many countries. People evade taxes and regulations by working in the shadow economy or by employing people illegally. On the one hand, this unregulated economic activity can result in reduced tax revenue and public goods and services, lower tax morale and less tax compliance, higher control costs, and lower economic growth rates. But on the other hand, the shadow economy can be a powerful force for advancing institutional change and can boost the overall production of goods and services in the economy. The shadow economy has implications that extend beyond the economy to the political order.MoreLess