Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/91529
Authors: 
Piolatto, Amedeo
Rablen, Matthew
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IFS Working Papers W13/25
Abstract: 
The standard expected utility model of tax evasion predicts that evasion is decreasing in the marginal tax rate (the Yitzhaki Puzzle). The existing literature disagrees on whether prospect theory overturns the puzzle. We disentangle four distinct elements of prospect theory and find loss aversion and probability weighting to be redundant in endogenous specification of the reference level. These classes include, as special cases, the most common specifications in the literature. New specifications of the reference level are needed, we conclude.
Subjects: 
prospect theory
tax evasion
Yitzhaki puzzle
stigma
diminishing sensitivity
reference dependence
endogenous audit probability
endogenous reference level
JEL: 
H26
D81
K42
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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