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Tax Perception: An empirical survey

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  • Fochmann, Martin
  • Kiesewetter, Dirk
  • Blaufus, Kay
  • Hundsdoerfer, Jochen
  • Weimann, Joachim

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This paper gives a survey of the experimental literature on the perception (bias) of individuals with respect to their own tax burden and its effect on economic decisions. Six strands of literature are discussed: (1) perception of marginal tax rates, (2) influence of tax complexity on tax perception, (3) taxation and incentives to work, (4) tax salience, (5) tax morale and fairness and (6) money illusion, perceived inflation and fiscal drag. The literature discussed contains more evidence for than against a perception bias.

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  • Fochmann, Martin & Kiesewetter, Dirk & Blaufus, Kay & Hundsdoerfer, Jochen & Weimann, Joachim, 2010. "Tax Perception: An empirical survey," arqus Discussion Papers in Quantitative Tax Research 99, arqus - Arbeitskreis Quantitative Steuerlehre.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:arqudp:99
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    1. Gerxhani, Klarita & Schram, Arthur, 2006. "Tax evasion and income source: A comparative experimental study," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 27(3), pages 402-422, June.
    2. Werner Güth & Rupert Sausgruber, 2008. "Voting between tax regimes to fund a public good," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 287-303, October.
    3. Brannas, Kurt & Karlsson, Niklas, 1996. "Estimating the perceived tax scale within a labor supply model," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 52(1), pages 75-79, July.
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    Keywords

    taxation; tax perception; literature survey;

    JEL classification:

    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles

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