How are They Spending my Taxes? Tax Compliance and Citizens’ Interest in Politics

Peter Dawson, Philip Jones

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Abstract

In neoclassical economics, individuals are assumed to perceive tax payments as commensurate with any other payment. This paper challenges this assumption. Individuals are more likely to identify with the community when they pay a higher share of their income in tax and when compliance is also an expression of civic duty. An analysis of questionnaire responses from over 20 countries suggests that citizens take a greater interest in politics when they are more tax compliant.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBath, U. K.
PublisherDepartment of Economics, University of Bath
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameBath Economics Research Working Papers
No.11/10

Keywords

  • information
  • political participation
  • tax evasion

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    Dawson, P., & Jones, P. (2010). How are They Spending my Taxes? Tax Compliance and Citizens’ Interest in Politics. (Bath Economics Research Working Papers; No. 11/10). Department of Economics, University of Bath.