Summer School for Multiple Moralities and Shadow Economies in Post-socialism

Deadline: 15 February 2015
Open to: early stage researchers with knowledge in formal and informal economy, state-citizen dynamics and conflictual moralities
Venue: 29 August – 1 September 2015, Zagreb, Croatia


The Marie Curie/IAPP Summer School will take place in Zagreb, Croatia from 29 August to 1 Sepetember, 2015. The organizers are particularly eager to encourage proposals that address:

  • Informal, undeclared, shadow, underground and unrecorded economic activities;
  • Tax evasion and tax non-compliance;
  • Tax morality;
  • Informal economies and governance;
  • Informal economic practices and policy making;
  • Suggestions on how to increase compliance among taxpayers, companies and stakeholders;
  • Moral foundations and alternative moralities of criminal or illegal activities.

In recent years, growing attention has been paid to fighting, or at least controlling, incomes that are hidden from or unregistered by, the state for tax, social security and/or labour law purposes. Starting from the assumption that such non-compliance is not some minority practice (reports shows that 2/3 of the global population – work in the informal economy) and pushed by the need for governments to gather revenues to face the economic crisis, the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU-27) and Norway, as well as the EU Candidate countries, have been earnestly seeking new policy measures to enable the formalization of undeclared work.

Two broad approaches have been distinguished towards undeclared work: a deterrence approach which seeks to engender compliance by detecting and punishing non-compliance, and an enabling approach which aims to encourage compliance by either: preventing businesses or people from engaging in undeclared work from the outset; providing incentives to enable the transfer of undeclared work into the declared realm, or facilitating commitment to ‘tax morality’. (the deterrence approach was dominant across most European countries). 


For this Summer School, submissions are welcomed from early stage researchers with empirically-based papers, based on recent research by PhD students and early post-docs, as well as theoretically-rich accounts on the relationship between the formal and the informal economy, state-citizen dynamics and conflictual moralities.


Travel, board and lodging for the selected participants will be covered by the organisers.


To apply you need to  submit 200 word abstracts to:

Abel Polese, and Marina Polak,

Deadline for submission is 15 February 2015

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