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Type: Journal article
Title: The use of agent-based modelling to investigate tax compliance
Author: Hashimzade, N.
Myles, G.D.
Page, F.
Rablen, M.D.
Citation: Economics of Governance, 2015; 16(2):143-164
Publisher: Springer (part of Springer Nature)
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1435-6104
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Nigar Hashimzade, Gareth D. Myles, Frank Page, Matthew D. Rablen
Abstract: Agent-based modelling can be used to investigate the behavioural and social aspects of tax compliance.We illustrate the approach with twomodels. The first model emphasises the role of occupational choice in tax compliance, and explores the effect of non-compliance on risk-taking and income distribution. The modelling of the compliance decision is discussed with an emphasis on decision-making under uncertainty and social interaction. We then add to the model a social network which governs the transmission of information on attitudes and beliefs, and investigate alternative audit strategies. A strategy of auditing a fixed number of taxpayers from each occupation dominates alternative strategies (including random and focussed strategies) in the sense of first-order stochastic dominance.
Keywords: Agent-based modelling; tax evasion; attitudes; beliefs; social network; occupational choice
Description: Previous versions of the paper were presented at the Ottawa Workshop on Compliance and at Shadow2013 in Münster.
Rights: © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
RMID: 0030065179
DOI: 10.1007/s10101-014-0151-8
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