Populism and Fiscal Illusion

8 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2018

Date Written: September 2018


There is a widespread concern that anti‐elitist or populist opinion is on the rise. The policy concern is that political opportunists would exploit voter rational ignorance for their own cynical purposes. In this article I demonstrate that, in the field of taxation, this sort of behaviour already occurs. Fiscal illusion can be described as deceiving taxpayer‐voters into paying more tax than they would otherwise agree to. Taxpayers are already victims of political opportunism unrelated to the rise of populism.

Suggested Citation

Davidson, Sinclair, Populism and Fiscal Illusion (September 2018). Australian Economic Review, Vol. 51, Issue 3, pp. 418-425, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3244696 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8462.12296

Sinclair Davidson (Contact Author)

RMIT University ( email )

124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, 3000

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