Estimating Tax Agency Efficiency
Empirical work on a tax agency's production process has been plagued by the absence of comparable tax administrative data across countries and years. Such data are now available from the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development. This paper uses these data for the years 2007 to 2011, together with an estimation strategy that utilizes data envelopment analysis and stochastic frontier analysis, to determine the relative efficiency of tax agencies in their use of inputs. Overall, the average efficiency scores indicate that countries should be able to collect their current level of revenues with approximately 10 to 16 percent less inputs.
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