Benin: Shadow economy

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 Benin

Shadow economy, percent of GDP

 Latest value 48.28
 Year 2015
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2015
 Average 53.66
 Min - Max 46.33 - 60.80
 Source Medina and Schneider (2018)
For that indicator, we provide data for Benin from 1991 to 2015. The average value for Benin during that period was 53.66 percent with a minimum of 46.33 percent in 2014 and a maximum of 60.8 percent in 1992. The latest value from 2015 is 48.28 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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Recent values chart
Benin - Shadow economy - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Benin - 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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