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Steady State Laffer Curve with the Underground Economy

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  • Francesco Busato

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    (Department of Economic and Legal Studies (DISEG), University of Naples Parthenope, Naples, Italy)

  • Bruno Chiarini

    (Department of Economic and Legal Studies (DISEG), University of Naples Parthenope, Naples, Italy)

Abstract

This article studies equilibrium effects of fiscal policy within a dynamic general equilibrium model where tax evasion and underground activities are explicitly incorporated. In particular, we show that a dynamic general equilibrium with tax evasion may give a rational justification for a variant of the Laffer curve for a plausible parameterization. From a revenue maximizing perspective, the key policy messages are that bringing tax payers to compliance would be better than threatening to punish them if convicted and that an economy without problems of compliance is much more sensitive to myopic behavior.

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Volume (Year): 41 (2013)
Issue (Month): 5 (September)
Pages: 608-632

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Handle: RePEc:sae:pubfin:v:41:y:2013:i:5:p:608-632

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Keywords: two-sector dynamic general equilibrium model; fiscal policy; tax evasion; underground activities;

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Cited by:
  1. R. Orsi & D. Raggi & F. Turino, 2012. "Size, Trend, and Policy Implications of the Underground Economy," Working Papers wp818, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
  2. Bruno Chiarini & Elisabetta Marzano & Friedrich Schneider, 2013. "Tax rates and tax evasion: an empirical analysis of the long-run aspects in Italy," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 35(2), pages 273-293, April.
  3. Renzo Orsi & Davide Raggi & Francesco Turino, 2013. "Online Appendix to "Size, Trend, and Policy Implications of the Underground Economy"," Technical Appendices 12-217, Review of Economic Dynamics.

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