Friedrich Schneider

Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Fields of interest

Public Choice
Constitutional Economics
Public Finance
Shadow Economy
Tax Evasion
Environmental Economics
Economics of Organised Crime

Recent publications


Measuring the Global Shadow Economy: The Prevalence of Informal Work and Labor, (together with Collin C. Williams), Cheltenham (UK), Edward Elgar Publishing Company, 2016.

Entrepreneurship and the Shadow Economy, (Eds. Arnis Sauka, Friedrich Schneider and Collin C. Williams), Cheltenham (UK),  Edward Elgar Publishing Company, 2016.

The Shadow Economy, (together with Colin C. Williams), London (UK), The Institute of Economic Affairs, 2013.

The Shadow Economy: Theoretical Approaches , Empirical Studies, and Political Implications, (together with Dominik Enste), Cambridge (UK), Cambridge University Press, second edition 2013, first edition 2002.

Handbook on the Shadow Economy, Edward Elgar Publishing Company, Cheltenham, 2011.

The Berlin Creative Industries: An Empirical Analysis of Future Key Industries (together with Dieter Puchta, Stefan Haigner, Florian Wakolbinger and Stefan Jenewein), Wiesbaden, Gabler Publishing Company, 2010.

The Economics of the Hidden Economy Volume I, The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, An Elgar Reference Collection, Cheltenham, UK, 2008.

The Economics of the Hidden Economy Volume II, The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, An Elgar Reference Collection, Cheltenham, UK, 2008.

Kompaktwissen: Schattenwirtschaft und Steuermoral (together with Benno Torgler and Christoph A. Schaltegger), Bern, Ruegger Verlag,  2008.

Readings in Public Choice and Constitutional Political Economy (together with Charles K. Rowley), Springer Publishing Company, 2008.

Size, Causes and Consequences of the Underground Economy: An International Perspective (together with Christopher Bajada), Ashgate Publishing Company, UK, 2005.

Articles in Scientific Journals:

Does corruption promote emigration? An empirical examination, (together with Arusha Cooray), (2015), Journal of Population Economics, 29/1, pp. 293-310.

Religion and the shadow economy, (together with Katharina Linsbauer and Friedrich Heinemann), (2015), Kyklos, 68/1, pp. 111-141.

The economics of counter-terrorism: A survey, (together with Tilman Brück and Daniel Meierrieks), (2015), Journal of Economic Surveys, 29/1, pp. 131-157.

Money Laundering as a Crime in the Financial Sector: A New Approach to Quantitative Assessment with an Application to Italy (together with G. Ardizzi, C. Petraglia, M. Piacenza and G. Turati), (2014), Journal of Money Credit and Banking, 46/8, pp. 1555-1590.

Work in the shadow: Micro and macro results, (2014), International Economic Journal, 28/3, pp. 365-379.

The Financial Flows of Transnational Crime and Tax Fraud in OECD Countries: What Do We (Not) Know?, (2013), Public Finance Review, 41/5, pp. 677-707.

The devil is the shadow: Do institutions affect income and productivity or only official income and official productivity? (together with Axel Dreher and Pierre-Guillaume Méon). (2012), Public Choice, 158, pp. 121-141.

Satisfaction with democracy and collective action problems: the case of the environment (together with Martin Halla and Alexander F. Wagner), (2013), Public Choice, 155/1-2, pp. 109-137.

Tax Rate and Tax Evasion: an empirical analysis of the long-run aspects in Italy (together with Bruno Chiarini and Elisabetta Marzano), (2013), European Journal of Law and Economics, 35/2, pp. 273-293.

Driving forces of informal labour supply and demand in Germany (together with Stefan D. Haigner, Stefan Jenewein, Florian Wakolbinger), (2013), International Labour Review, 152/3-4, pp. 507-524.

Who is Willing to Pay for Environment in the EU – An Empirical Analysis (together with Andrea Kollmann and Johannes Reichl), (2013), Euro Economica, 2012, 5/31, pp. 15-27.

Keep on workin’: unconditional basic income in the lab (together with Stefan D. Haigner, Wolfgang Höchtl, Stefan Jenewein and Florian Wakolbinger), (2012), Basic Income Studies, 7/1, pp. 1-19.

Political barriers of implementing carbon markets in Japan: A Public Choice analysis and the empirical evidence before and after the Fukushima nuclear disaster (together with Sven Rudolph), (2012), Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 15/2, pp. 211-235.

A literature survey on disaggregating general well-being: empirical capability approach assessments of young and old generations in affluent countries (together with Jürgen Volkert), (2012), Sociology Study, 2/6, pp. 397-416.

Corruption and the shadow economy: like oil and vinegar, like water and fire? (together with Andreas Buehn), (2012), International Tax and Public Finance, 19/1, pp 172–194.

Tax avoidance versus tax evasion: on some determinants of the shadow economy (together with Reinhard Neck and Jens U. Wächter), (2012), International Tax and Public Finance, 19/1, pp 104–117.

Special Issue Terrorism (together with Tilman Bruck), (2011), European Journal of Political Economy, 27/S1.

The influence of public institutions on the shadow economy: an empirical investigation for OECD countries (2010), Review of Law and Economics, 6/3, pp. 441-468.

New estimates for the shadow economies all over the world (together with Andreas Bühn and Claudio E. Montenegro), (2010), International Economic Journal, 24/4, pp. 443-461.

Regional estimates of the shadow economy in Europe (together with Egle Tafenau and Helmuth Herwartz), (2010), International Economic Journal, 24/4, pp. 629-636.

Why does environmental policy in representative democracies tend to be inadequate? A preliminary Public Choice analysis (together with Andrea Kollmann), (2010), Sustainability, 2/12, pp. 3710-3734.

Survey on the Shadow Economy and Undeclared Earnings in OECD Countries (together with Lars Feld), (2010), German Economic Review, Vol. 11/2, pp. 109-149.

Corruption and the Shadow Economy: An Empirical Analysis (together with Axel Dreher), (2010), Public Choice, 144/1-2, pp. 215-238.

Local Autonomy, Tax Morale and the Shadow Economy (together with Benno Torgler and Christoph A. Schaltegger), (2010), Public Choice 144/1-2, pp. 293-321.

An Empirical Analysis of the Dynamics of the Welfare State: The Case of Benefit Morale (together with Martin Halla und Mario Lackner), (2010), Kyklos 63/1, pp. 55-74.