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Is there a cultural component in tax morale? Evidence from immigrants in Europe

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  • Kountouris, Yiannis
  • Remoundou, Kyriaki

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In this paper we examine the existence of a cultural component in individual tax morale. To identify the effect of culture we use immigrant data drawn from the European Social Survey. We find that culture is a significant determinant of tax morale: the level of tax morale in the country of immigrant origin influences individual tax morale in the destination country. The result is robust to the inclusion of a wide set of individual and aggregate controls and persists across different population segments.

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  • Kountouris, Yiannis & Remoundou, Kyriaki, 2013. "Is there a cultural component in tax morale? Evidence from immigrants in Europe," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 96(C), pages 104-119.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:96:y:2013:i:c:p:104-119
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2013.09.010
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