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Tax evasion as a contagion game: evidences from an agent-based model


  • Letizia S. Di Mauro

    (University of Catania and INFN Sezione di Catania)

  • Alessandro Pluchino

    (University of Catania and INFN Sezione di Catania)

  • Alessio E. Biondo

    (University of Catania)


This paper presents an agent-based model of a simple economic system where the personal satisfaction gained from public services and the perceived opinion of neighbors are shown to drive the individual decision about tax compliance. Results of simulations, consistent with existing literature on the topic, suggest a peculiar approach to face the plague of tax evasion. Graphical abstract

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  • Letizia S. Di Mauro & Alessandro Pluchino & Alessio E. Biondo, 2019. "Tax evasion as a contagion game: evidences from an agent-based model," The European Physical Journal B: Condensed Matter and Complex Systems, Springer;EDP Sciences, vol. 92(5), pages 1-12, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:eurphb:v:92:y:2019:i:5:d:10.1140_epjb_e2019-90722-9
    DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2019-90722-9

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