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Higher taxes, more evasion? Evidence from border differentials in TV license fees

Melissa Berger, Gerlinde Fellner-Röhling (), Rupert Sausgruber and Christian Traxler

Journal of Public Economics, 2016, vol. 135, issue C, 74-86

Abstract: This paper studies the evasion of TV license fees in Austria. We exploit border differentials to identify the effect of fees on evasion. Comparing municipalities at the low- and high-fee side of state borders reveals that higher fees trigger significantly more evasion. Our preferred estimator indicates that a one percent increase in fees raises the evasion rate by 0.3 percentage points. The positive effect of fees on evasion is confirmed in different parametric and non-parametric approaches and survives several robustness checks.

Keywords: Evasion; TV license fees; Border tax differentials; Regression discontinuity design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H26 H27 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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