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Tax Riots

  • Christopher Phelan
  • Marco Bassetto

This paper considers the existence of bad equilibria in a random auditing tax model with limits on the number of households which can be audited. Specifically, we present sufficient conditions for a tax-audit mechanism which has truth telling as one equilibrium to have other equilibiria in which households conceal income. Further, we present conditions such that the optimal tax-audit mechanism delivered by a standard mechanism design approach displays these characteristics. Our main idea is that in a realistic model of taxation and auditing, incentives which are sufficient to induce truth-telling when households expect other households to tell the truth are generally insufficient to induce truth telling when households expect other households to cheat

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2004 Meeting Papers with number 375.

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Handle: RePEc:red:sed004:375
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