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Tax revenues, fiscal corruption and "shame" costs

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  • Cerqueti, Roy
  • Coppier, Raffaella

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In this paper we explore tax revenues in a regime of widespread fiscal corruption in a static framework. We prove that the relationship between the tax rate and tax revenues depends on the relevance of the "shame effect" of being detected in a corrupt transaction. In countries with a "low shame" effect, tax revenues grow as the tax rate increases. Moreover, there is a critical tax rate where the growth rate of tax revenues begins to reduce. In countries with a high "shame effect" tax revenues increase up to a threshold value and then decrease.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Modelling.

Volume (Year): 26 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
Pages: 1239-1244

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:26:y:2009:i:6:p:1239-1244

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Keywords: Corruption Evasion Tax revenues;

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  1. Mihai Mutascu, 2012. "The Binary Choice Approach of Laffer Curve," FEAA Working Papers 2012.FEAA.F.01, West University of Timisoara, Romania, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

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