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Can tax evasion tame Leviathan governments?

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  • Frode Brevik
  • Manfred Gärtner

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This paper looks at how income tax rates, consumption and public spending respond as venues for tax evasion open or close. The analysis draws on a 16-generation OLG model in which tax rates are determined in a repeated game between voters and a rent-seeking Leviathan government. Key insights are: (1) Effects on any generation alive when change takes place may differ substantially from steady state effects that accrue for generations yet to be born. (2) There is considerable intergenerational diversity in these effects that is not monotonous as we move from young to old. Combined, these results suggest that the political economy of pertinent institutional change may be quite complex.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 136 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 103-122

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:136:y:2008:i:1:p:103-122

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Keywords: Leviathan government; Income tax; Tax evasion; Public spending; Rent seeking;

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