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Tax Morale with Partisan Parties

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  • Angel Solano García

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This paper analyzes the political economy of income redistribution when voters are concerned about tax compliance. We consider a two stage-model where there is a two party competition over the tax rate in the first stage and voters decide about their level of tax compliance in the second stage. We model political competition a la Wittman with the ideology of parties endogenously determined at equilibri¬um. We calibrate the model for an average of EU-27 countries. Numerical simulations provide the tax rates proposed by the two parties and the level of tax compliance. We find that a decrease in the per¬ceived average level of tax compliance, increase the probability that the party offering the lowest in¬come tax will win. Moreover, the same result is obtained when parties’ uncertainty about the prefer¬ences of the median voter increases

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  • Angel Solano García, 2015. "Tax Morale with Partisan Parties," Hacienda Pública Española / Review of Public Economics, IEF, vol. 213(2), pages 83-108, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:hpe:journl:y:2015:v:213:i:2:p:83-108
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    Keywords

    tax evasion; ideological parties; income redistribution; ethical voters.;
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    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance

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