Full text: Beschäftigungspolitik (72)

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1.4. Shadow Economy
The shadow economy (illegal non-registration with the soeial insurance
system, illieit employment, work on the side, business without receipt) repre-
sents an unfair competition both for enterprises and employed persons. Small
and medium-sized enterprises particularly suffer from competition with the
shadow economy more strongly than from global competition.
Capital mobility has considerably increased the possibilities of tax evasion.
The attempt to compensate tax loss by taxation of the relatively immobile
factor of labour increased the burden on labour compared to other production
factors. The present tax and fiscal charges burden incites both, provider and
demander of such services, to escape into the shadow economy. Stricter con-
trols alone will not solve this problem. However, when easing the burden on
the labour factor, the question of finaneing the soeial system must also be
taken into account,.
It is typical of illieit employment that the demand for transfer payments and
insuran ce benefits (soeial affairs, infrastructure) remains constant or even in-
creases, while the financial basis weakens due to the expansion of the shadow
economy and the pressure for tax increases gets stronger. High unemployment
figures, therefore, often do not indicate a scarcity of work, but misallocations
by the tax and fiscal charges system: Financing the welfare state by imposing
taxes on economic performance and thus on legal employment makes it at-
tractive to evade taxation to an extent as access to the welfare system is still
guaranteed. Opportunity for tax evasion is offered particularly in the field of
personal services.
1.5. Derea:ulation and Privatization
The integration of sheltered sectors into international competition should
result in price reductions for buyers, both consumers and enterprises, but it
also means a painful adjustment of the employment level to the conditions of
international competition.
The forthcoming liberalization of the energy and telecom market (rem oval
of the line monopoly as of 1.1.1998) may produce short-term drops in em-
ployment, for which in case transition al assistance should be forseen. Foreign
examples in the telecom and media braneh show, however, that eompetition
and additional suppliers can create new jobs in the longer ron.
When privatizing and restroeturing key industries of the Austrian eeonomy,
eommereial eriteria as weIl as the safeguarding of strategie owner funetion in
Austria must be taken into aceount to prevent an emigration of headquarter
functions and eompetence centres important for Austria as an industrial loea-
tion (see study of Advisory eouneil "Industriepolitik lll" - Industrial Poliey
III, 1991)
        

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