Productivity and Tax Evasion

Author/Editor:

Era Dabla-Norris ; Mark Gradstein ; Fedor Miryugin ; Florian Misch

Publication Date:

November 27, 2019

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The extent of tax compliance has important implications for revenue yield, efficiency and the fairness of any tax system. Tax evasion undermines revenue collection, distorts competition, and undermines a country’s development prospects. In this paper, we investigate whether higher productivity causally leads to lower tax evasion. We first present stylized facts consistent with this view and develop a model that illustrates one potential transmission channel. Second, we test the model predictions at the firm level using the self-reported share of declared income as proxy for tax evasion for a large sample of emerging and developing economies. Our results suggests that productivity improvements by firms can lead to lower tax evasion.

Series:

Working Paper No. 19/260

English

Publication Date:

November 27, 2019

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513518619/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2019260

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

33

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