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Norms, enforcement, and tax evasion

Besley, Timothy, Jensen, Anders Ditlev and Persson, Torsten (2021) Norms, enforcement, and tax evasion. Review of Economics and Statistics. 1 - 28. ISSN 0034-6535

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Identification Number: 10.1162/rest_a_01123


This paper studies individual and social motives in tax evasion. We build a simple dynamic model that incorporates these motives and their interaction. The social motives underpin the role of norms and is the source of the dynamics that we study. Our empirical analysis exploits the adoption in 1990 of a poll tax to fund local government in the UK, which led to widespread evasion. The evidence is consistent with the model's main predictions on the dynamics of evasion.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2021 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2021 15:00
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 10:51

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