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Tax morale and (de-)centralization: An experimental study

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  • Werner Güth

    (Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems)

  • Vittoria Levati

    (Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems)

  • Rupert Saugruber

    (University of Innsbruck)

Abstract

We consider an economy composed of two regions. Each of them provides a public good whose benefits reach beyond local boundaries. In case of decentralization, taxes collected by members of a region are spent only on that region's public good. In case of centralization, tax receipts from the two regions are pooled and used to finance both public goods according to the population size of each region. The experiment shows that centralization induces lower tax morale and less efficient outcomes. The reasons are that centralization gives rise to an interregional incentive problem and creates inequalities in income between regions.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Public Economics with number 0511014.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 17 Nov 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0511014

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Keywords: Tax morale; Fiscal federalism; Public goods experiments;

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