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

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


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

Topics: 330 Wirtschaft
Year: 2015
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