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Exploring Tax Evasion in the Context of Political Uncertainty

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  • Barbara G. Katz
  • Joel Owen

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We present a model of agents facing the uncertainty of two future forms of government who are able to insure against this uncertainty by hiding funds from taxation. In order to choose whether or not to hide funds from taxation, agents need to know policy choices that each government would make should it come to power. But each government, before it could make its decision, would need to know the choices of the agents who would, for example, produce tax revenues. This informational tension is resolved endogenously. We derive the resulting level of tax evasion in society and the optimal choices made by the potential governments. We examine how changes in governmental structure would affect the level of tax evasion, and how that, in turn, would affect a particular form of capital flight.

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Paper provided by New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 12-21.

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