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Self-serving bias and tax morale

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  • Blaufus, Kay
  • Braune, Matthias
  • Hundsdoerfer, Jochen
  • Jacob, Martin

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In a real-effort laboratory experiment, we find that moral evaluation of tax evasion is subject to a self-serving bias. Subjects with the opportunity to evade taxes judge tax evasion as less unethical as opposed to those who cannot evade.

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  • Blaufus, Kay & Braune, Matthias & Hundsdoerfer, Jochen & Jacob, Martin, 2015. "Self-serving bias and tax morale," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 131(C), pages 91-93.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:131:y:2015:i:c:p:91-93
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2015.03.041
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    1. Mario Lackner & Hendrik Sonnabend, 2017. "Coping with advantageous inequity - Field evidence from professional penalty kicking," Economics working papers 2017-21, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
    2. repec:taf:apeclt:v:23:y:2016:i:18:p:1265-1268 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Evasion; Tax morale; Tax compliance; Self-serving bias; Moral spillover;

    JEL classification:

    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance

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