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How Do Taxpayers Respond to Public Disclosure and Social Recognition Programs? Evidence from Pakistan

Joel Slemrod, Obeid Ur Rehman and Mazhar Waseem
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Obeid Ur Rehman: Ryerson University

The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2022, vol. 104, issue 1, 116-132

Abstract: We examine two Pakistani programs to see if the public disclosure of tax information and social recognition of top taxpayers promotes tax compliance. Pakistan began revealing income tax paid by all taxpayers in 2012. Simultaneously, another program began recognizing and rewarding the top 100 tax- paying corporations, partnerships, self-employed individuals, and wage earners. We find that the public disclosure caused an increase of 9 log points and the social recognition program 17 log points in the tax payments of agents exposed to the program. Our results suggest that such programs can be important policy levers to mobilize additional resources.

Date: 2022
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