USA: Informal economy, MIMIC method

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Informal economy, MIMIC method

 Latest value 8.50
 Year 2020
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1993 - 2020
 Average 8.78
 Min - Max 8.10 - 9.50
 Source Informal economy database
For that indicator, we provide data for the USA from 1993 to 2020. The average value for the USA during that period was 8.78 percent with a minimum of 8.1 percent in 2018 and a maximum of 9.5 percent in 1993. The latest value from 2020 is 8.5 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 158 countries is 32.74 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Definition: The MIMIC model of the World Bank uses the following variables as determinants of the informal economy: 1) size of government, 2) share of direct taxation, 3) fiscal freedom index, 4) business freedom index, 5) unemployment rate and GDP per capita, and 6) government effectiveness. It proposes that the following variables are affected by the informal economy: 1) growth rate of GDP per capita, 2) the labor force participation rate, and 3) currency as a ratio of M0. These variables are used in a Structural Equation Model (SEM) with a latent variable that is a measure of the size of the informal economy. See, for example, Schneider, Buehn, and Montenegro (International Economic Journal, 2010).

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