Entrepreneurship and the Shadow Economy
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Entrepreneurship and the Shadow Economy

Edited by Arnis Sauka, Friedrich Schneider and Colin C. Williams

The shadow economy has become the focus of policy makers around the world. This timely book explores the relationship between entrepreneurship and the shadow economy by reviewing how to measure, explain and tackle this hidden enterprise culture. The editors bring together leading authorities in the field to examine existing methods to measure the shadow economy, explore entrepreneurship and shadow economy practices in various contexts, and provide policy suggestions for decreasing the shadow economy. It concludes by encouraging further research in this ever-growing field.
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Chapter 6: The shadow economy and entrepreneurship in Ukraine

Elena Denisova-Schmidt and Yaroslav Prytula

Abstract

This chapter gives an overview of the shadow economy in Ukraine. After a short historical introduction, the authors present and compare data from 2013 and 2015 (before and after the Revolution of Dignity) and argue that Ukrainian entrepreneurs often resort to corruption in order to save their businesses, retain their employees and gain competitive advantages. This ambivalence makes it extremely difficult to implement many anti-corruption measures in the country in a successful and lasting way.

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