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Tax Morale and Compliance Behavior: First Evidence on a Causal Link

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  • Martin Halla

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Recent literature on tax evasion emphasizes the importance of moral considerations to explain compliance behavior. As a consequence scholars aim to identify factors that shape this so-called tax morale. However, the causal link between tax morale and actual compliance behavior is not established yet. Exploiting exogenous variation in tax morale - given by the inherited part of tax morale of American-born from their ancestors country of origin - our instrumental variable analysis provides first evidence on a causal effect of tax morale on the size of the underground production.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria in its series Economics working papers with number 2010-06.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Handle: RePEc:jku:econwp:2010_06

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Keywords: Tax morale; tax evasion; tax compliance; underground production;

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