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Tax Evasion and the Allocation of Capital

  • Don Fullerton
  • Marios Karayannis

The efficiency cost of capital misallocations between the corporate sector and the noncorporate sector is typically measured using statutory tax differences. Corporate-source income tax compliance is high because of third party reporting, however, while noncorporate rental income tax compliance is low. Differential evasion thus exacerbates statutory differences and enlarges the efficiency cost. To measure this effect, we build a numerical general equilibrium model where households simultaneously choose portfolios of risky assets and fractions of income to report.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 4581.

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Date of creation: Dec 1993
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Publication status: published as Journal of Public Economics, Vol 55, no. 2 (October 1994): 257-278.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:4581
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