Shadow Economy and Criminal Activity

A Small Symposium on “Shadow Economy and Criminal Activity: Social Changes and Response Policies”
as part of the 8th Annual International Conference on Business, Law & Economics
3-6 May 2021, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Business & Economics and the Athens Journal of Law

The Business, Economics and Law Division (BLRD) of ATINER is organizing a Small Symposium on “Shadow Economy and Criminal Activity: Social Changes and Response Policies” as part of the 8th Annual International Conference on Business, Law & Economics, 3-6 May 2021, Athens, Greece, sponsored by the Athens Journal of Business & Economics and the Athens Journal of Law.

The twenty-first century has brought new challenges for business, laws and economics. The underground economy and criminal activities, together with economic turmoil, globalisation, inequalities pose new threats for individuals’ well-being in both developed and developing countries. Public institutions, police activity and communities need to assess and monitor social and economic trends and impacts driven by the illegal business and criminal activity. This session will bring together the latest research on the illegal use of the territory and the implications in terms of social effects and governance.

Competitive papers, work-in-progress papers, are welcome in business and economics, sociology and psychology related areas. All submissions will be blind reviewed, and a select number of papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Thematic areas:

  • The changing face of criminal activity: Trends and emerging issues
  • Public order, state of safe and quality of life
  • The illegal use of the territory

The symposium will encourage discussion and exchange of ideas about future trends and response policies to undermine shadow economy and criminal activities.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an Ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 4 January 2021 to: Dr. Manuela Pulina, Associate Professor, University of Sassari, Italy and Dr. Maria Gabriela Ladu, Lecturer, University of Sassari, Italy. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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