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Taxation and democracy

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Using a panel-model approach, this paper investigates the relationship between the level of taxation and democracy. The dataset covers the period 2002--2008, and includes 51 countries. The study suggests that a significant increase of taxes, without a major negative reaction of taxpayers, can be implemented if the political regime is strongly democratic or, on the contrary, strongly autocratic.

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  • Mihai Mutascu, 2011. "Taxation and democracy," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(4), pages 343-348, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:14:y:2011:i:4:p:343-348
    DOI: 10.1080/17487870.2011.635037
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    1. Martin C. McGuire & Mancur Olson Jr., 1996. "The Economics of Autocracy and Majority Rule: The Invisible Hand and the Use of Force," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 34(1), pages 72-96, March.
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    1. Mihai Mutascu, 2012. "Taxation under media capture," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(4), pages 2752-2767.
    2. Mutascu, Mihai & Danuletiu, Dan, 2013. "The literacy impact on tax revenues," Economics Discussion Papers 2013-63, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    3. Mihai Mutascu, 2014. "Influence of climate conditions on tax revenues," Contemporary Economics, University of Finance and Management in Warsaw, vol. 8(3), September.
    4. Balamatsias, Pavlos, 2018. "Democracy and government spending," MPRA Paper 84975, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Balamatsias, Pavlos, 2016. "Democracy and taxation," MPRA Paper 82563, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 31 Oct 2017.

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    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General

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