Tax Evasion and Competition

26 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2011

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Laszlo Goerke

University of Trier - Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marco Runkel

University of Munich - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Date Written: November 2011

Abstract

Using a Cournot oligopoly model with an endogenous number of firms and evasion of indirect taxes, we show that more intense competition may have the negative side effect of increasing tax evasion, thereby, lowering public revenues and welfare. This will be the case if market entry costs decrease. A similar result will hold if marginal production costs fall and demand is either weakly concave, or convex and inelastic. The result of more competition, less evasion and higher public revenues will be obtained if (a) marginal production costs fall and demand is convex and elastic or (b) the demand elasticity increases. As a policy implication, we prove that tax enforcement should be intensified if there is a negative trade‐off between competition and evasion.

Suggested Citation

Goerke, Laszlo and Runkel, Marco, Tax Evasion and Competition (November 2011). Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 58, Issue 5, pp. 711-736, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1921699 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9485.2011.00565.x

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