Voice and Punishment: A Global Survey Experiment on Tax Morale
29 Pages Posted: 16 May 2019 Last revised: 1 Aug 2019
Date Written: May 15, 2019
An online survey experiment spanning 50 countries finds sizable improvements in tax morale when (a) the salience of anti-corruption efforts is increased and (b) citizens are allowed to voice their expenditure preferences to the government. These results hold very broadly across a uniquely large and diverse sample of respondents from all continents. The findings are consistent with theories emphasizing the role of democratic accountability, as well as of perceptions of legitimacy and "retributive justice," in generating voluntary tax compliance. Implications and avenues for further research are discussed.
Keywords: Tax Administration, Taxation & Subsidies, Macro-Fiscal Policy, Economic Adjustment and Lending, Legal Products, Judicial System Reform, Youth and Governance, Legal Reform, Legislation, Regulatory Regimes, Public Sector Economics, Public Finance Decentralization and Poverty Reduction, Government Policies, National Governance, Social Policy, Tax Law
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