Belgium: Shadow economy

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Shadow economy, percent of GDP

 Latest value 17.80
 Year 2015
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2015
 Average 20.57
 Min - Max 17.71 - 23.49
 Source Medina and Schneider (2018)
For that indicator, we provide data for Belgium from 1991 to 2015. The average value for Belgium during that period was 20.57 percent with a minimum of 17.71 percent in 2011 and a maximum of 23.49 percent in 1994. The latest value from 2015 is 17.8 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2015 based on 158 countries is 27.78 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Belgium - Shadow economy - Recent values chart

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Belgium - Shadow economy - historical chart - 1991-2015

Definition: The shadow economy as percent of total annual GDP. Detailed methodology of the estimations can be obtained from the following International Monetary Fund working paper by Leandro Medina and Friedrich Schneider (2018): Shadow Economies Around the World: What Did We Learn Over the Last 20 Years? The series are discontinued but can still serve as a benchmark in calibration exercises.

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