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Citizenship and power in an agent-based model of tax compliance with public expenditure


  • Pellizzari, Paolo
  • Rizzi, Dino


In this paper we present a model of tax compliance with heterogeneous agents who maximize their individual utility based on income and the conjectured level of per capita public expenditure. We formally include psychological drivers in this model. These drivers affect individual behavior, such as risk aversion, together with appreciation of public expenditure, expectations about peers’ compliance and a natural inclination to comply, all of which we summarize in a quality termed “citizenship”. The enforcement system, based on random inspections, is standard and only partially known to agents.

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  • Pellizzari, Paolo & Rizzi, Dino, 2014. "Citizenship and power in an agent-based model of tax compliance with public expenditure," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 35-48.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:joepsy:v:40:y:2014:i:c:p:35-48 DOI: 10.1016/j.joep.2012.12.006

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    Tax evasion; Public expenditure; Agent-based models; Slippery slope model;

    JEL classification:

    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques


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