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Is Simple Better? A Conjoint Analysis of the Effects of Tax Complexity on Employee Preferences Concerning Company Pension Plans

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  • Kay Blaufus
  • Renate Ortlieb
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    We theoretically and empirically analyze the influence of tax complexity on the employee’s decision concerning company pension plans. Our model also considers employer signaling and information intermediation by various actors. The main result of our empirical analysis is that if tax complexity is high, then only a small proportion of the study participants bases their decision on their after-tax return. This proportion increases significantly if tax complexity is low. However, even in a simple tax system, many people do not base their decisions on after-tax returns, but instead follow the advice of an independent product rating agency or a works council representative.

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    Article provided by LMU Munich School of Management in its journal Schmalenbach Business Review.

    Volume (Year): 61 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 60-83

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    Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:61:y:2009:i:1:p:60-83

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    Keywords: Company Pension Plans; Conjoint Analysis; Employer Signaling; Information Intermediation; Tax Complexity; Tax Simplification;

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    Cited by:
    1. Sielaff, Christian, 2011. "Steuerkomplexität und Arbeitsangebot: Eine experimentelle Analyse," Discussion Papers 2011/13, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
    2. Hundsdoerfer, Jochen & Sielaff, Christian & Blaufus, Kay & Kiesewetter, Dirk & Weimann, Joachim, 2011. "The influence of tax labeling and tax earmarking on the willingness to contribute: A conjoint analysis," arqus Discussion Papers in Quantitative Tax Research 121, arqus - Arbeitskreis Quantitative Steuerlehre.
    3. Sell, Sandra & Lopatta, Kerstin & Hundsdoerfer, Jochen, 2010. "Der Einfluss der Besteuerung auf die Rechtsformwahl: Eine Conjoint-Analyse," Discussion Papers 2010/10, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
    4. Fochmann, Martin & Kiesewetter, Dirk & Sadrieh, Abdolkarim, 2012. "Investment behavior and the biased perception of limited loss deduction in income taxation," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 81(1), pages 230-242.
    5. Blaufus, Kay & Bob, Jonathan & Hundsdoerfer, Jochen & Kiesewetter, Dirk & Weimann, Joachim, 2013. "Decision heuristics and tax perception – An analysis of a tax-cut-cum-base-broadening policy," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 1-16.

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