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Whistleblowing vs random audit: An experimental test of relative effciency

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  • Cécile Bazart
  • Mickael Beaud
  • Dimitri Dubois

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This paper reports an experimental test of the relative effciency of a whistleblowing-based audit scheme compared to a random-based audit scheme. We design a between-subjects laboratory experiment with two treatments: a benchmark with a random-based audit scheme and an alternative treatment in which taxpayers can blow the whistle. Compared to the benchmark, the whistleblowing-based audit scheme (i) decreases the monetary amount of tax evasion, (ii) improves the targeting of evaders and (iii) raises the tax levy

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  • Cécile Bazart & Mickael Beaud & Dimitri Dubois, 2017. "Whistleblowing vs random audit: An experimental test of relative effciency," Working Papers 17-04, LAMETA, Universtiy of Montpellier.
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    1. Ozili, Peterson, 2018. "Tax Evasion and Financial Instability," MPRA Paper 88430, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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