The Shadow Economy, Tax Evasion and Fiscal Intermediaries

The 4th Shadow Conference takes place at the Tax Administration Research Centre 23-25 July 2015

Economists and other social scientists have shown increasing interest in analysing issues such as the shadow economy, tax evasion, money laundering, corruption, and related questions of fiscal intermediaries. A number of spectacular cases of tax fraud have recently demonstrated how fiscal intermediaries act as middlemen to re-cycle money earned in cash in the shadow economy back into the official economy. The 4th Shadow Conference aims at bringing together researchers working in this field to explore and discuss recent research developments.

Keynote Presenters

Keynote lectures will be given by Rob Axtell (George Mason University, Fairfax), Edgar L. Feige (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Christopher Heady (University of Kent, Canterbury).


Submissions of abstracts (300 to 500 words) or full papers dealing with one of the conference topics, or with related issues such as corruption, social benefit fraud, and other illicit economic activities are welcome. Papers may be theoretical, empirical, experimental, agent-based etc. Submissions can be made until March 15, 2015 to:

The Shadow conference will commence with registration from 4pm on Thursday 23rd July and will finish approximately 4pm on Saturday 25th July. Conference sessions will take place in the XFi Centre for Finance and Investment and Building: One in the University of Exeter Business School.


If you are interested in attending the Shadow Conference please register your attendance through the online store.

A programme is now available to programme‌.


Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available to book for either two nights or three nights.  On campus accommodation is located in Holland Hall which is a 10-15 walk away from the Business School.

Check in is available from 3pm.


The costs of daytime refreshments (lunch and tea/coffee breaks) and the conference gala dinner are included in the registration fee.  The gala dinner will be served in Holland Hall, a lovely building overlooking the city.

Links to Further Information

Links providing further details about all the above locations:

Xfi Centre for Finance & Investment

Holland Hall

Reed Hall

Maps of the University of Exeter Streatham campus and directions to the campus