Tax morale and the role of social norms and reciprocity : Evidence from a randomized survey experiment


Doerrenberg, Philipp ; Peichl, Andreas


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/47858
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-478584
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: CESifo Working Papers
Volume: 7149
Place of publication: München
Publishing house: Munich Society for the Promotion of Economic Research
ISSN: 1617-9595 , 2364‐1428
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > SFB 884
License: CC BY 4.0
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: We present the first randomized survey experiment in the context of tax compliance to assess the role of social norms and reciprocity for intrinsic tax morale. We find that participants in a social-norm treatment have lower tax morale relative to a control group while participants in a reciprocity treatment have significantly higher tax morale than those in the social-norm group. This suggests that a potential backfire effect of social norms is outweighed if the consequences of violating the social norm are made salient. We further document the anatomy of intrinsic motivations for tax compliance and present first evidence that previously found gender effects in tax morale are not driven by differences in risk preferences.

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Doerrenberg, Philipp ; Peichl, Andreas (2018) Tax morale and the role of social norms and reciprocity : Evidence from a randomized survey experiment. Open Access CESifo Working Papers München 7149 [Working paper]
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