Bhutan: Shadow economy

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 Bhutan

Shadow economy, percent of GDP

 Latest value 20.28
 Year 2015
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2015
 Average 26.93
 Min - Max 20.28 - 31.24
 Source Medina and Schneider (2018)
For that indicator, we provide data for Bhutan from 1991 to 2015. The average value for Bhutan during that period was 26.93 percent with a minimum of 20.28 percent in 2015 and a maximum of 31.24 percent in 1991. The latest value from 2015 is 20.28 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
Bhutan - Shadow economy - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Bhutan - 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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