- Tax evasion and income source: A comparative experimental study
- Journal of Economic Psychology
- Volume | Issue number
- 27 | 3
- Pages (from-to)
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Faculty of Law (FdR)
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS)
Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI)
We compare tax evasive behavior in a country in transition from communism to that in a developed economy by running an experiment across distinct social groups in Albania and the Netherlands. Aside from the tax compliance decision, subjects choose a source of income, where one type enables subsequent tax evasion. We show that they take the possibility of evasion into account when deciding on the income source. This yields potential allocative inefficiency in the labor market. In addition, Dutch subjects evade more than the Albanians. We argue that the different levels of tax evasion outside of the laboratory in the two types of countries can be attributed to distinct formal tax institutions.
Keywords: Tax evasion; Comparative analysis; Experiment; Institutions; Transition
JEL classification codes: C91; H26; O17; O57
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