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Measuring Tax Administration Effectiveness and its Impact on Tax Revenue


  • Arindam Das-Gupta

    (Goa Institute of Management, Goa, India)

  • Gemma B. Estrada

    (Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines)

  • Donghyun Park

    (Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines)


We propose a method for constructing a tax administration measure of effectiveness or TAME, and describe its desirable properties. We then empirically construct a TAME using data from external audits of VAT administrations of Indian state governments. We then use the TAME to quantitatively assess the impact of tax administration effectiveness on tax revenues. The impact is found to be both statistically significant and large. We then identify causes of tax administration effectiveness in the poorly performing states. We then suggest guidelines for constructing our TAMEs for other jurisdictions and time periods.

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  • Arindam Das-Gupta & Gemma B. Estrada & Donghyun Park, 2016. "Measuring Tax Administration Effectiveness and its Impact on Tax Revenue," Economic Growth Centre Working Paper Series 1601, Nanyang Technological University, School of Social Sciences, Economic Growth Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:nan:wpaper:1601

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    1. Gil S. Epstein & Ira N. Gang, 2019. "Inequality, good governance, and endemic corruption," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 26(5), pages 999-1017, October.
    2. Sacchidananda Mukherjee, 2017. "Changing Tax Capacity and Tax Effort of Indian States in the Era of High Economic Growth, 2001-2014," Working Papers id:11770, eSocialSciences.

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    tax administration; tax revenues; value-added tax;

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    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies

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