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Tax revenues, fiscal corruption and "shame" costs

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  • Cerqueti, Roy
  • Coppier, Raffaella

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In this paper we explore tax revenues in a regime of widespread fiscal corruption in a static framework. We prove that the relationship between the tax rate and tax revenues depends on the relevance of the "shame effect" of being detected in a corrupt transaction. In countries with a "low shame" effect, tax revenues grow as the tax rate increases. Moreover, there is a critical tax rate where the growth rate of tax revenues begins to reduce. In countries with a high "shame effect" tax revenues increase up to a threshold value and then decrease.

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  • Cerqueti, Roy & Coppier, Raffaella, 2009. "Tax revenues, fiscal corruption and "shame" costs," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 26(6), pages 1239-1244, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:26:y:2009:i:6:p:1239-1244
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    1. Cerqueti, Roy & Coppier, Raffaella, 2011. "Economic growth, corruption and tax evasion," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(1-2), pages 489-500, January.
    2. Sell Friedrich L., 2011. "Scham- und Schuldgefühl: Zur ökonomischen Bedeutung zweier kulturell motivierter Emotionen / Shame and Guilt: On the economic meaning of two emotions gained with culture," ORDO. Jahrbuch für die Ordnung von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, De Gruyter, vol. 62(1), pages 387-404, January.
    3. Serena Brianzoni & Raffaella Coppier & Elisabetta Michetti, 2015. "Multiple equilibria in a discrete time growth model with corruption in public procurement," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 49(6), pages 2387-2410, November.
    4. Mihai Mutascu, 2012. "The Binary Choice Approach of Laffer Curve," FEAA Working Papers 2012.FEAA.F.01, West University of Timisoara, Romania, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
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    6. repec:spr:annopr:v:243:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s10479-014-1567-9 is not listed on IDEAS
    7. Roy Cerqueti & Raffaella Coppier, 2015. "Corruptibility and tax evasion," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 39(2), pages 355-373, April.
    8. Sugata Marjit & André Seidel & Marcel Thum, 2017. "Tax Evasion, Corruption and Tax Loopholes," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 18(3), pages 283-301, August.

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