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Tax revenues under World Religions: a Panel Analysis

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  • Mutascu, Mihai

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The aim of paper is to investigate the impact of major religions of the world on collected tax revenues, using a panel-mode approach, with 123 countries, for the period 1996-2010. The paper extends the literature in the field showing how different types of religion influence the level of tax revenues, under an extended set of economic and socio-political control variables. The main finding reveals that collected tax revenues tend to increase under Protestant and Muslim religions.

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  • Mutascu, Mihai, 2012. "Tax revenues under World Religions: a Panel Analysis," MPRA Paper 40337, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Tax revenues; religion; connections; panel-model; effects;

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    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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