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Tax evasion, consumption of public goods and fairness


Falkinger, Josef (1995). Tax evasion, consumption of public goods and fairness. Journal of Economic Psychology, 16(1):63-72.

Abstract

This study shows that in general the impact of equity on tax evasion depends on how the taxpayer's risk aversion is affected by perceived equity. Then possible reasons are discussed why an increase in perceived equity may increase a person's risk aversion and thus lead to a decrease of evasion. An economic as well as a psychological argument are presented which can explain a positive relationship between risk aversion and equity, and thus, between evasion and inequity. The economic argument considers cases where the valuation of public output increases with income. The psychological argument is based on the hypothesis that people find evasion more blameworthy in a system which is considered to be just than in an unfair system. With such a norm an increase in equity increases the bad reputation or bad conscience of evaders and leads to a reduction of evasion.

Abstract

This study shows that in general the impact of equity on tax evasion depends on how the taxpayer's risk aversion is affected by perceived equity. Then possible reasons are discussed why an increase in perceived equity may increase a person's risk aversion and thus lead to a decrease of evasion. An economic as well as a psychological argument are presented which can explain a positive relationship between risk aversion and equity, and thus, between evasion and inequity. The economic argument considers cases where the valuation of public output increases with income. The psychological argument is based on the hypothesis that people find evasion more blameworthy in a system which is considered to be just than in an unfair system. With such a norm an increase in equity increases the bad reputation or bad conscience of evaders and leads to a reduction of evasion.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:1 March 1995
Deposited On:04 Oct 2013 14:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:01
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0167-4870
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/0167-4870(94)00038-C

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